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I hate caviar

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ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 11:26 AM

In the same vein as the popular post "I hate Organ Meat" I bring you this one.

I have never--and will never--like caviar. But ask others and they swoon over it. If it's served at a party, people flock to it. Ask for appetizer suggestions on CH and people will invariably offer 100 ways to serve caviar. Me? I think it tastes like someone scooped up the gravel from the bottom of a fish tank that hasn't been cleaned for a month and decided to serve it.

I just don't get it.

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  1. Perilagu Khan RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 11:55 AM

    I've actually never tried caviar but think I'd be willing to give the good stuff a go. It's one of those comestibles that has such an aura about it...

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      mariacarmen RE: Perilagu Khan Nov 23, 2010 07:21 AM

      you're also the one who's never had foie gras, right, PK? aura, schmaura, it tastes divine. ( :

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      Isolda RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 12:02 PM

      I like the idea of caviar better than the substance of it.

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      1. roxlet RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 12:34 PM

        I'm with you, ttoommyy. For me it's the texture of tiny popping eggs. It makes me gag, but I really wish I liked it. I feel very unsophisticated when I say I don't!

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          ttoommyy RE: roxlet Nov 18, 2010 12:37 PM

          "...but I really wish I liked it. I feel very unsophisticated when I say I don't!"

          You know, I did for years too. But now that I've admitted it publicly, I feel good! lol

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            mariacarmen RE: roxlet Nov 23, 2010 07:22 AM

            Roxlet - you should definitely not feel that way - i've read enough of your posts to know your palate is pretty discerning! textures throw a lot of people off.

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          2. coll RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 12:38 PM

            Wish I could still get Beluga, what you get now can be OK but not like that I LOVE the eggs popping in my mouth! I hope you don't mean what you had was the texture of gravel?

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              ttoommyy RE: coll Nov 18, 2010 01:05 PM

              "I hope you don't mean what you had was the texture of gravel?"

              No, not at all. lol Just meant that the taste of caviar to me is not a pleasant one. :)

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                coll RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 01:10 PM

                I was thinking of gravel and fish poop, if I had that in my mind I wouldn't eat it either ;-)

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                  lynnlato RE: coll Nov 19, 2010 03:03 AM

                  That description has made me question whether I still like it now - ha! Next time I'm face to face with the good stuff I pray I don't think of old fish poop.

                  The only caviar I've had that I really liked was the osetra caviar at Per Se. But a Swedish friend who used to live in Iran has told me that Iranian caviar is the best and that I should try it before I die.

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              joonjoon RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 12:40 PM

              To each his own...do you not like any fish eggs or specifically sturgeon black caviar? I love all fish eggs but I'm specifically pretty fond of the korean myungran jeot preparation that I grew up eating...delicious over rice! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentaiko I some times have a hard time with salmon roe though...

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                ttoommyy RE: joonjoon Nov 18, 2010 01:07 PM

                "do you not like any fish eggs or specifically sturgeon black caviar?"

                Haven't really met a fish egg I like, to be honest. I have been known to enjoy a pasta dish with some bottarga grated over it, though.

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                hazelhurst RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 01:11 PM

                I love the stuff--even the red slamon roe referred to elsewhere. But I also hate things everyone else loves..raw tomato, for example....

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                  SherBel RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 05:09 PM

                  I adore caviar, even pressed caviar. But really fresh sevruga, with it's tiny salty delicately popping wee pearls....oh, man. I wish that I had a can of it in front of me right now. No eggs or toast or any of that nonsense, just a spoon.

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                    mariacarmen RE: SherBel Nov 23, 2010 07:24 AM

                    +++1!

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                    MrsT RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 06:22 PM

                    Nothing to get. You just don't like it. I hate truffles. I don't care if they cost more than a months rent. I don't like them in any way shape or form. Then again I don't like any kind mushroom or fungi.

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                      ttoommyy RE: MrsT Nov 18, 2010 06:48 PM

                      Truffles are not well-loved by a lot of people, while caviar seems to be. Just mention that there is caviar at a party and people's eyes light up. I asked a question on CH re: appetizer suggestions for Thanksgiving and many people chimed in with caviar-related dishes. No one suggested a truffle dish. There's a difference.

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                        yfunk3 RE: ttoommyy Nov 19, 2010 04:29 AM

                        Do you think it's because truffles are a relatively recent "rich person food phenomenon" whereas caviar has pretty much been THE de facto "rich person food" for over a century in popular culture?

                        I grew up with a few people who didn't know caviar was fish eggs until someone actually told them. Then they went, "Ewwwww! Why would anyone eat that?!"

                        I've never had good caviar, just the type of fish roe that covers maki rolls and the like.

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                      FishTales RE: ttoommyy Nov 18, 2010 06:51 PM

                      Great, that leaves more in the world for us!

                      You don't have to like it. You're welcome to my share of broccoli & brussels sprouts, which I don't consider to be part of any known food group.

                      Cheers!

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                        Sam Salmon RE: FishTales Nov 18, 2010 08:42 PM

                        Fish eggs of all kinds are nature's way of saying I Love You-I just can't get enough o' that luvin' stuff!!

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                          Tripeler RE: Sam Salmon Nov 19, 2010 12:21 AM

                          I really haven't been too wild about the caviar I have eaten, though none of it has been particularly expensive. Likely I don't know the good stuff.

                          However, most all of the salmon eggs (ikura) and sea urchin (uni) I have had in Japanese food settings has been fabulous. Anyone else prefer those over caviar?

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                            southernitalian RE: Tripeler Nov 19, 2010 06:10 AM

                            I love caviar but I like ikura even more. The first time my daughter tasted it she said, "I feel like I swallowed a wave".

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                              GodfatherofLunch RE: southernitalian Nov 23, 2010 06:45 AM

                              Great description. I like caviar okay, a tasty greek peek into the world of fish roe is Taramasalata a Greek Style Caviar Spread. I will hurdle over the caviar table to get to the truffles. IMHO one of the greatest most delicious things to eat in the world is truffles-on eggs, on pasta whatever.

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                      2. The Chowhound Team RE: ttoommyy Nov 19, 2010 06:38 AM

                        Folks, this kind of "I hate X..." thread really isn't helping anyone eat better. While we can understand the instinct to share your antipathies with people, we could have literally hundreds of basically the same thread for all the things that various people don't like from liver to lima beans. We're going to lock this one, and would generally ask that this kind of topic not become a trend. Thanks.

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                        1. iheartcooking RE: ttoommyy Nov 23, 2010 07:22 AM

                          yeah, caviar is gross. but not as gross as te hard-boiled eggs my mom serves with it. double gross!

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