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What Foods Do You Hate/Dislike that Most Hounds Probably Love?

fava beans
Swiss chard
whole tomatoes
Brussels sprouts
miso soup

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    1. re: vandan

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

      1. re: Just Visiting

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

        1. re: kubasd23

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

      2. re: vandan

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

      3. Carrots
        sweet potatoes/yams


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        1. re: Quine

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

          1. re: Antithesisofpop

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

        2. Menudo
          Swiss chard
          Swiss chard
          Did I mention swiss chard?

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

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          1. re: cristina

            Ditto on the menudo and naches.

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

            1. re: DiningDiva

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

              1. re: c oliver

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

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

                1. re: DiningDiva

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

                  1. re: c oliver

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

              1. re: bakersdelight

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

                1. re: grayelf

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

                  1. re: EWSflash

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

                    1. re: grayelf

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

                  1. re: bakersdelight

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

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

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                    1. re: occula

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

                      1. re: occula

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

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

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                            1. re: EWSflash

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

                              Don't care for yogurt either.

                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                                    thats like saying all vegetables are nasty.

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

                                    1. re: thew

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

                                        1. re: invinotheresasister

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

                                        2. re: invinotheresverde

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

                                        1. re: invinotheresverde

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

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

                                          1. re: Sarrastia

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

                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                              Haha, now you know my whole Rum history.

                                              1. re: Sarrastia

                                                I know exactly where you're coming from.

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

                                    2. re: EWSflash

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

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

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                                      1. re: onceadaylily

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

                                        1. re: plf515

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

                                          1. re: cathodetube

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

                                            1. re: sandylc

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

                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                Thanks for solving that mystery! Ha.

                                                1. re: sandylc

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

                                            2. re: onceadaylily

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

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

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                                              1. re: Mestralle

                                                Were you beaten by cashews as a small child?

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


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

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

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                                                  1. re: DiningDiva

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

                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

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

                                                        1. re: buttertart

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

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

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

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                                                        1. re: smartie

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

                                                          1. re: alanbarnes

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

                                                            1. re: smartie

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

                                                              1. re: jhopp217

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

                                                              2. re: smartie

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

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

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

                                                                1. re: Paulustrious

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

                                                                    1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                      Yep, one of my greater culinary disappointments.

                                                                    2. re: smartie

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

                                                                      1. re: CJPelfrey

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


                                                                        1. re: CJPelfrey

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

                                                                    3. re: smartie

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

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

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                                                                        1. re: hotteacher1976

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                1. re: crackerqueen

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

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

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

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                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

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

                                                                                      1. re: CJPelfrey

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

                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                            1. re: c oliver

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

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

                                                                                              1. re: Emme

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

                                                                                              2. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                          2. re: jhopp217

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

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

                                                                                            so i'm waiting for my 3-pounder

                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                I truly cannot imagine the luxury of having that.

                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                  Here's the recipe


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

                                                                                                    1. re: jfood

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

                                                                                                        1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                          2. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                            1. re: onceadaylily

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

                                                                                                              1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                    2. re: jhopp217

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

                                                                                                      1. re: jhopp217

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

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

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                                                                                                          1. re: MikeB3542

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

                                                                                                            1. re: jhopp217

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

                                                                                                              1. re: MikeB3542

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

                                                                                                            2. re: MikeB3542

                                                                                                              and forget dulce le leche cake! Wet cake ewwwww!

                                                                                                              1. re: vixen216

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

                                                                                                              1. re: OCEllen

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: southernitalian

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

                                                                                                                      1. re: lyden

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

                                                                                                                          1. re: Jay F

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                              I like dogs more than most people, too.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Jay F

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

                                                                                                                        2. re: southernitalian

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

                                                                                                                          1. re: southernitalian

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: pinehurst

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: pinehurst

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

                                                                                                                          2. A couple more:

                                                                                                                            lima beans
                                                                                                                            kidney beans

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

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

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


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

                                                                                                                              1. re: Peachie

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

                                                                                                                              2. re: Perilagu Khan

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

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

                                                                                                                                I still like Lima beans.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: junescook

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

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: rabidog

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

                                                                                                                                    1. re: al b. darned

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: BKK Brendan

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

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

                                                                                                                                        2. re: BKK Brendan

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

                                                                                                                                    2. re: al b. darned

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jhopp217

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: al b. darned

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: al b. darned

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

                                                                                                                                        2. re: al b. darned

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: al b. darned


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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: southernitalian

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: corneygirl

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: corneygirl

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Emme

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

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: onceadaylily

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

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Emme

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

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Emme

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

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

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

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

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                            All bell peppers or just green?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Emme

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

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Emme

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. a couple that jfood has not seen yet.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jfood

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

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nofunlatte

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

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: jfood

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

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jhopp217

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

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

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash


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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                                                                                                              +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.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                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....

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                                                                                                  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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                    "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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh no- pumpkin pie?

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's okay, more for m e.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: susancinsf

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DiningDiva

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ditto on runs screaming from the room :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: susancinsf

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: janetofreno

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: janetofreno

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: susancinsf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: alanbarnes

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: invinotheresverde

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                                                                                                                            You sir, have a very good perspective.

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: banjoman2375

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              Now THAT should be the Chowhound motto :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: banjoman2375

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alanbarnes

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: thew

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: thew

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alanbarnes

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Veggo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alanbarnes

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: alanbarnes

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: thew

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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. radishes
                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. Looks like a revival of this old thread:


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

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beer, especially lagers (Guinness I enjoy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            frozen yogurt (give me real ice cream or gelato)



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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "premium" cocktails made with the above

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

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TexSquared

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: limster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Quine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      +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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Quine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: TexSquared

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    +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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: TexSquared

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: anakalia

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Paulustrious

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Paulustrious


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TexSquared

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: laliz

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: laliz

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't like wine.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I dislike Chinese Sichuan cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. mushrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          organ meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know, picky eater at best

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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).

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: shaogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: shaogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: shaogo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: stuck in Hartford County

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Isolda

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TexSquared

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: onceadaylily

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Island

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alanbarnes

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Island

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Island

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lawgirl3278

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: lawgirl3278

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. cilantro.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: emmafab

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Guacamole.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dansky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: amyzan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Dansky

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: amyzan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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*.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: occula

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JenniferRoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JenniferRoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Island

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mickie44

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mickie44

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mickie44

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OCEllen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mickie44

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. 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. 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. 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......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

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

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