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Whenever "X" Happens, I Always Eat "Y" - More Unique Examples

I had a conversation with a friend the other day who basically stated they always had a hot dog when they were at a baseball game. From my experience, that's somewhat standard practice with many.

Another thing is my personal bit of whenever I fly on a plane, I always have ginger ale, a habit which I found out was more common than I thought. I didn't even know of the calming digestive effects it has for some, but for me it just became a habit almost out of nowhere.

What I was wondering if any of you had any more unique examples of this notion. For example, if I have a beef hamburger, it's almost always a gourmet versus a fast-food variety as I don't eat burgers much at all these days. However, when I attend park picnics where they're grilling standard frozen burger patties over BBQ pits and using standard buns, I'll always opt for a burger as long as they have things like lettuce, pickles, onions and mustard to top it off.

Another one for me is a family tradition of sorts that developed over the years - whenever it's New Year's Day, the family would steam up and eat palitaw, a Filipino rice cake dessert. There's nothing really that I can find that would link this dessert to New Year's Day, but for the most part that's the only day during the year when we steam up a batch..

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  1. Yes I only ever seem to have tomato juice or a Bloody Mary on a plane. I only ever think about these when I fly so there must be a subconscious association but I don't know why.

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    1. re: smartie

      Me too! Well, the tomato juice, not the Bloody Mary. I make it a point not to drink on planes (which I guess is the opposite of what the OP asked), not because I am teetotal but because I witnessed firsthand a colleague in career-limiting hammered mode after only a couple of drinks on a plane once. I believe alcohol affects some people more at altitude but I have no intention of experimenting to see if I am one of them :-).

      1. re: smartie

        Me three, although it's a Virgin Mary.

          1. re: hyacinthgirl

            It's because 21 years ago, you all watched When Harry Met Sally. The scene where Meg Ryan makes a very complicated order of a Bloody Mary while on an airplane imprinted itself.

            Or anyway, that's why I get cravings for Bloody Marys on airplanes.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              "Do you have any Bloody Mary mix? No, wait. Here's what I want. Regular tomato juice, not too much ice, and fill it up about three quarters. Add a splash of Bloody Mary mix - just a splash - and a little piece of lime...but on the side."

              i'll never understand how people drink tomato juice or alcohol when they fly. i chug water the entire time, and i'm still dehydrated when i get off the plane.

        1. re: smartie

          I always order tomato juice because I'm too poor to buy actual food on a plane. It's reasonably tasty and almost like a meal.

          1. re: smartie

            The ordering of tomato juice on a airplane has always fascinated me. It was something I noticed years ago and now I pay attention to drink orders around me when flying. Outside of an airplane, I have never seen or heard of anyone ordering tomato juice as a drink.

            1. re: smartie

              I too frequently choose tomato juice when I fly. There was an interesting study examining how the perception of tomato juice taste actually changes due to the different pressure experienced while flying.

              http://www.research-in-germany.de/new...

            2. The baseball thing is universal. How often do people normally eat cracker jacks? I wouldn't even know where to find them, haha.

              Whenever I have a stomach ache or feel one coming on, I drink chocolate milk or a coffee milkshake.

              I basically dislike gravy, because I always feel it's covering something up and I always keep it as far away from things like mashed potatoes and stuffing (dressing). Whenever it's Thanksgiving, I always seem to pour it on involuntarily.

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              1. re: jhopp217

                I doubt this is unnique, but when I get stressed, I want chocolate. Good chocolate.

              2. When my husband used to work retail, I'd always make macaroni and cheese for myself on the nights he worked late and I was alone till 10 or 11.
                Sometimes Kraft, sometimes the traditional baked version, sometimes just pasta and whatever cheese I had in the fridge, sometimes the salty squeeze-cheez kind.
                I don't know why, it just got to be a habit. Maybe to give myself a break from thinking about what to fix for dinner for a change.

                1. I'm realizing most of mine are related to junk food--eg. when I go to a fair/amusement park, I have funnel cake. When it's Christmas morning, I make cinnamon rolls. After I do a long race, I have a burger.

                  1. If it snows , I make yeast-risen rolls (cinamon buns or stickies)

                    My Mom always did it, so I do too. I think it has something to do with being off work and having plenty of time to wait for the yeast to rise. (oh yeah...in SC we don't drive when it snows)