can your palette change in a year or did i just buy some crappy food?
- trolley Nov 15, 2011 08:10 PM
last year i was smitten with the following: Red Cow Reggiano, Winter Blend coffee from Trader Joes and Rabbit Ridge allure de robles wine from Trader Joes as well.
This year I bought all 3 and it tastes terrible to me. The Red Cow tastes like i sprinkled straight up mold onto my pasta. The wine tastes like kool aid and the coffee tastes like someone dropped a chewed up piece of spearmint chewing gum into my coffee.
What the heck? I understand wine can differ from year to year and from barrel to barrel. I suppose the same could it be said for cheese. But really all 3 tastes terrible. did my palette change or is food quality just crappier these days? ok, the wine is a cheapo so that one is borderline obvious why it tastes like crap.
no medications however, i did recently stop breast feeding which means hormonal changes and the last of my "gestational" hormones are now gone. but don't people wax poetic re: red cow reggiano? i always loved it before i became pregnant. the wine i can understand. i'm recently fell in love with malbecs which are really dry so perhaps theres why the rhone style wine tastes too sweet to me.
I think women's cravings do change along with hormones.
When I was pregnant I couldn't stand the way cantaloupe smelled and had to run away if one was near. A pile of fresh cantaloupes in a produce department sent me racing outside for air. Today, twenty-plus years later, that one odor still makes me a little bit queazy.
I don't typically crave sweets and can have them around me without being tempted, then at a particular time of the month I get desperate for a candy bar.
Alcohol is more of a summertime indulgence for me for some reason.
Yes, those darn hormones are a royal PITA!
I just went through menopause. During my bad days, I couldn't stand the smell of garlic, which is something we use in copious amounts in most of our dishes. This is unheard of; I felt like a panda who suddenly couldn't stand bamboo.
Also consider that dairy products and coffee are like wine; subject to batch differences, age, and environment/storage factors. I usually buy TJ's Grano Parmegianno, and every so often, I get a much drier block than usual. The same for coffee; once in a while, I'll get a bag that just doesn't cut it.
Anyway, try another batch/bottle/block of the three things you listed, making sure that you check the expiration dates, and even a different TJ's. Or you might "take a break" from these particular items, then try them again. And if your tastes have changed...well, onward and upward! There're LOTS of other wine/cheese/types of coffee you can try!