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What foods do you refuse to eat?

organ meats
fat free salad dressing
margarine
white chocolate
lamb, except in gyros ;)
goat, anything gamey actually
most lunch meat
creme filled desserts like cannolli (sp?)
butter creme frosting

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  1. Margarine (for no rational reasons).

    M.

    1. You don't think this thread of 891 replies has most things covered?
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572886

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      1. re: thegforceny

        Well, maybe this OP wants to talk about food that you refuse to eat even for no money?

      2. Actually I eat everything you have listed.

        For me, I refuse to eat:

        dogs,
        dolphins,
        elephants,
        ....etc

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          soylent brown or red. the green type I'm just okey-doke with.

          1. re: hill food

            Just watched that movie on Turner Classics last week for the umpteenth time. Did you know that...gasp...

            SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE????!!!!?????!!!?????!!!!!!

            1. re: ttoommyy

              Dang!!! Did you have to post this??? I was hoping to see this movie, now it's shot to hell...

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  What is the name of the movie. I knew hill food was implying something.

                2. re: John E.

                  That actually happened to me. I did not know the twist and right before we watched it my boyfriend tells me the end and I don't believe him until we watched the whole thing. I was so angry and it ruined the movie for me.

                  1. re: melpy

                    I used to post on another online forum as Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston's character) but I don't think anyone ever got he reference. I remember thinking this movie was the greastest ever when I was a kid. What young boy wouldn't?

                    1. re: John E.

                      nah it wasn't the 'greastest' but it may have been one of the greasiest.

                      different movie but who can forget from that same era Roscoe Lee Browne shooting guns and yelling from his rolling micro-fridge "Fish! Plankton! Protein from the SEA!"

                      yeah food-based dystopias. deserves its own thread, no?

                      1. re: hill food

                        "different movie but who can forget from that same era Roscoe Lee Browne shooting guns and yelling from his rolling micro-fridge "Fish! Plankton! Protein from the SEA!""

                        Box from "Logan's Run!" Watched that the other day too. I saw both of these movies in the theater when they were first released and I still love them to this day. Guess it's a "guy thing."

                        "yeah food-based dystopias. deserves its own thread, no?"

                        Yes!

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          I remember seeing Logan's Run at the local drive-in theater. When it was on TV the other night I recorded it but have not gone back to watch it. That's one of the movies from my youth that I have never seen since. I wonder why it has never made it to television before now? (At least not that I noticed before now).

                          1. re: John E.

                            It's been on Turner a few times now. It's cheesy in production but has a good story and Peter Ustinov's performance in the last part of the movie is wonderful.

                3. re: ttoommyy

                  I tried to pitch an internal marketing thing using that as a slogan: "We're Made of PEOPLE! (and it was an AE firm that had done a lot of the LA buildings used in those craptastic movies so I had all the stock shots)

                  nobody liked it.

                  1. re: ttoommyy

                    When my oldest child was 2, he ran out of our office where he was unsupervised on the computer ( yes, I'm an awful parent) and said, "Soylent Green is people!". To this day, I have no idea what he was doing in there.

              1. Canned mushrooms. Ew.

                Maybe 'refuse' is too strong of a word. I would avoid eating canned mushrooms if at all possible, but if it came down to life or death, I wouldn't refuse.

                1. I think tripe is the only thing I will seriously avoid. I won't generally eat foie gras but have eaten it on occasions where it's been an integral part of a dish that I otherwise wanted to try (for instance, on the set menu at a Michelin 3* restaurant, then rated third best in the world).

                  I certainly eat and enjoy everything on the OP's list. Well, "enjoy" isn't the word I'd use for margarine or white chocolate but I've no problem eating it. FWIW, we eat lamb more than any other meat.

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                  1. re: Harters

                    I'll take all your share of you-know-what.

                    There are definitely organ meats I can live without, but eliminating them altogether would be unthinkable ...

                    I too dislike buttercream. I will eat a little, but scrape most off to the side. It makes for a very unattractive plate, I admit.

                    1. re: foiegras

                      Oh goodness - I'll second the dislike of "buttercream", but then I've only had commercial bakery buttercream, which isn't made with "butter". Have heard that homemade buttercream can be ambrosial.

                      1. re: Bacardi1

                        Real buttercream is delicious in small amounts. One of my peeves is when people call powdered sugar and/or shortening concoctions "buttercream".

                        1. re: sandylc

                          I agree with the small amounts part. I love real buttercream, but even the real stuff in large amounts is a little too much. If used on a cake, there needs to more cake than frosting.

                  2. licorice, fennel, root bear, white chocolate, jellyfish, most canned vegetables

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                    1. re: magiesmom

                      All of these things plus eel, basil and raw oysters. I wish I could eat raw oysters. I don't 'refuse" to eat them. They just gross me out!

                      1. re: southernitalian

                        Agreed on the raw oysters and the eel....to slimy/squirmy... Don't do catfish etiher - just because of what it looks like alive...those whisksers...ick! I have done escargot which was really good (and would eat it again)...guess I've got over what they looked like!

                      1. re: redfish62

                        redfish, do you only exclude the superclass Hexapoda (true insects) or all of the phylum Arthropoda. If you only refused to eat Hexapoda that would leave open the possibility of eating spiders, centipedes, etc. But if you drew the line higher up the taxonomic tree you would miss out on subphylum Crustacea and the deliciousness of lobster, shrimp and crab.

                        [Not really a serious question. Sometimes I just have to exercise my inner taxonomic geek.]

                        1. re: kmcarr

                          EEEEEWWWWW!!!! to al of that. I now add insects to my list.

                          1. re: kmcarr

                            That's why I'm unwilling to rule out an entire class of animals. I love crustaceans, so I open to the idea that some of their "cousins" could be pretty tasty...

                        2. organ meat
                          most lunch meat
                          -------------------------------------
                          ditto to the above

                          Add anything with a pudding, custard or jello consistancy.

                            1. Wow, aside from fat free salad dressing and for the most part processed lunch meat, you named my favorite things. Beef hearts, white choc, lamb or mutton and I don't like desserts, but will have a cannoli once in a while

                              1. I don't think I refuse to eat anything, but I strongly dislike cherries. About the only food I really despise to the point I would have to be offered money to eat.

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                                1. re: jhopp217

                                  I will gladly take any and all cherries off your hands.

                                2. Food i can't recognize nor pronounce correctly, soft shell crab.

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                                  1. re: njmarshall55

                                    Blasphemy...haha, jk, What don't you like about softshell crab? Just asking....I have only had it a handful of times and it's heavenly

                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                      I was first aware of SSC when I was sitting in Solomon's Pier Restaurant. A fellow diner (different table) ordered it and when he picked up the sandwich and the legs fell out the back...I just about lost it. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE all kinds of sea food...filets, shellfish, you name it. But for some reason, I just can't get past the look of it.

                                  2. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
                                    Soft shell crab (something about eating that "shell" and all...)
                                    Mushrooms
                                    Liver
                                    Eggs with runny yolks
                                    Salads with fruit in them
                                    Blue cheese
                                    Swiss cheese
                                    Veal
                                    Squab
                                    Duck
                                    ...and probably a whole lot more which I just can't think of right now!

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                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                      Love, love, love blue and Swiss cheese and I'm a big fan of runny eggs but I hate it when I'm looking at the deescription of a salad on a menu and see things like cranberries or orange wedges. Just...don't.

                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                            Boone's Farm. Does any one not puke with that crap?

                                          2. re: Sue in Mt P

                                            Same for me, ate most of a stalk of baby bananas when I was about 4, puked and never ate one again (40 plus years later)..... even the smell turns my stomach today.

                                            1. re: Sue in Mt P

                                              Raw apples. Puked in 2nd grade while the class was making apple pie. The length of the hallway to the bathroom was a mess!!

                                              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                                                Kidney beans. Unpleasant experience one Lenten Friday. Have not touched them since. Have no problem with other beans. Don't want a reminder of that event. Sad, really.

                                                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                                                  Pineapple. Puked when I was 6. Just the thought of it makes me gag.

                                                2. I have major texture issues so I won't normally touch anything that's jellied or slimy or appears to be. That means most shellfish are out, as is tripe. I can make an exception for the jelly round the margins of a good pork pie but not if there's too much of it. I also have texture issues with saurkraut and other fermented vegetables.

                                                  Frustrating, because my mind says "give it a another go" but my instincts say "nope! nuh-uh" with some things, so if I've tried something once and it's had the wrong texture, I'll gag at the idea of eating it even in other forms or cooked differently.

                                                  1. organ meats, except in pate
                                                    cottage cheese
                                                    eggs when the yolk and white are not mixed together (poached, fried, boiled, deviled)
                                                    Mayo from a jar

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                                                    1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                      Ha ha! When I first read this, I thought "Who on Earth eats mayo straight from the jar?" (like directly from jar to mouth). Then I realized that you must mean you make your own?

                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                        I don't use it at home & if I had to would make my own. I am fine with most homemade/restaurant made aolis (I know that is misspelled) but a schmear or plop of jarred mayo is one of the grossest things on earth.

                                                    2. Oysters
                                                      Crawfish
                                                      Cornbread
                                                      Corn Dogs
                                                      Okra
                                                      Miracle Whip
                                                      Pickled beets, I like beets, just not pickled (I don’t like pickled anything) (except pickles, I like pickles)
                                                      Mint
                                                      Lamb
                                                      Marshmallows
                                                      Pork Rinds
                                                      Fresh water fish (trout, pike, perch, etc)
                                                      Mussels
                                                      Black licorice
                                                      Kidney beans
                                                      Black eyed peas
                                                      Caviar
                                                      Beef or Pork Liver (although I do like chicken livers)
                                                      Duck
                                                      Old Bay Seasoning
                                                      Capers
                                                      Ginger
                                                      Smoked meats
                                                      Smoked poultry
                                                      Smoked cheeses
                                                      Smoked nuts
                                                      Smoked fish
                                                      Indian Food
                                                      Grits
                                                      Dr. Pepper
                                                      Pepsi
                                                      Guava
                                                      Manhattan Clam Chowder
                                                      Pearl Onions
                                                      Dill
                                                      Curry
                                                      Anchovies
                                                      Goat Cheese
                                                      Feta Cheese
                                                      Chipotle
                                                      Gazpacho
                                                      Jalapenos, stuffed poppers
                                                      Prunes
                                                      Sardines
                                                      Catfish
                                                      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

                                                          Gosh. A list of what you do eat might have been shorter.

                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                            LOL
                                                            however: from the previous posters' lists

                                                            I DO eat
                                                            white chocolate
                                                            most lunch meats
                                                            cannolli
                                                            pudding
                                                            jello
                                                            custard
                                                            cherries
                                                            Peanut Butter and Jelly
                                                            Mushrooms
                                                            eggs over eatsy
                                                            Salads w/fruit in them
                                                            blue cheese
                                                            swiss cheese
                                                            Bananas
                                                            cottage cheese

                                                              1. re: junescook

                                                                If you would have been paying attention, you would have noticed I made that 2nd list from the previous posters' yuks.

                                                                I have all my teeth (excluding widsom teeth), thank you very much.

                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                              I was gonna ask the same thing! What "does" Laliz eat? To each his own though - enjoy each bite.....

                                                              1. re: Mutch2Do

                                                                some things I really enjoy

                                                                Artichokes
                                                                Avocado
                                                                Bacon
                                                                Barley
                                                                Beef (bbq beef ribs, steak, prime rib, cheeseburgers)
                                                                Blue Cheese
                                                                Brick Cheese
                                                                Broccoli
                                                                California Roll
                                                                Cauliflower
                                                                Celery
                                                                Cheddar Cheese
                                                                Chicken (strongly prefer dark meat)
                                                                Cottage Cheese
                                                                Clams
                                                                Crab legs
                                                                Cranberries
                                                                Cream Cheese
                                                                Dates (especially Medjool)
                                                                Eggplant
                                                                Eggs
                                                                Escarole
                                                                Garlic
                                                                Granola
                                                                Greek Yogurt
                                                                Green Beans
                                                                Gouda
                                                                Gruyere
                                                                Ham
                                                                Halibut
                                                                Italian Sausage
                                                                Jicama
                                                                Kielbasa
                                                                Leeks
                                                                Wax Beans
                                                                Lentils
                                                                Lemon
                                                                Mayonnaise
                                                                Meatloaf/Meatballs
                                                                Mushrooms
                                                                Olives
                                                                Onions
                                                                Oranges
                                                                Parmesan Cheese
                                                                Peas (tiny petite peas, not canned)

                                                                Pecorino Romano
                                                                Red, Yellow, and Orange bell Peppers
                                                                Pineapple
                                                                Pork
                                                                Quinoa
                                                                Quark
                                                                Ricotta
                                                                Ricotta salata
                                                                Shrimp
                                                                Spinach
                                                                Split Peas
                                                                Swordfish
                                                                Worcestershire Sauce
                                                                Radishes
                                                                Roasted Beets (just not pickled beets)
                                                                Sweet Potatoes
                                                                Salami
                                                                Pistachios
                                                                Peanuts
                                                                Endive
                                                                Pecans
                                                                Marcona Almonds
                                                                Almonds
                                                                Cashews
                                                                Swiss Cheese
                                                                Sausages
                                                                T Bone Steak
                                                                Peanut Butter
                                                                Cherries
                                                                Apricots
                                                                Peaches
                                                                Apples
                                                                Romaine, Iceberg, Butter, Red Leaf, Boston, etc. Lettuce
                                                                Leeks
                                                                Shallots
                                                                Pine nuts
                                                                White Beans
                                                                Wax Beans
                                                                Black Beans (especially refried)
                                                                Sunflower seeds
                                                                Hot Dogs (w/casing)
                                                                Salsa
                                                                Mustard
                                                                Ketchup
                                                                Butter
                                                                Coarse Kosher Salt
                                                                Fresh Ground Pepper
                                                                Cinnamon
                                                                Vanilla
                                                                Chocolate (prefer dark or white, milk chocolate not so much)
                                                                Strawberries
                                                                Boysenberries
                                                                Raspberries
                                                                Tangerines (especially Pixies)
                                                                Tuna
                                                                Pepperoni
                                                                Garlic Bologna
                                                                Turkey
                                                                Bread Stuffing (just not cornbread)
                                                                Lime
                                                                Figs
                                                                Pumpkin
                                                                Water Chestnuts
                                                                Asparagus
                                                                Garbanzos
                                                                Squash (acorn, butternut, zucchini, yellow)
                                                                Cucumbers
                                                                Tomatoes
                                                                Sour cream
                                                                Whipped cream
                                                                Vanilla
                                                                Grapes ([prefer red seedless)
                                                                Pears
                                                                Pomegranate
                                                                Bananas
                                                                Barley
                                                                Wheat Berries
                                                                Oatmeal
                                                                Cabbage
                                                                Carrots
                                                                chicken liver pate

                                                                1. re: laliz

                                                                  laliz, nice list of great ingredients. Some great alone, most when prepared and combined right make yummy food. Do you have a favorite dish or recipe?

                                                                  1. re: smaki

                                                                    thx, but I was just responding to the ones who have to comment negatively.

                                                                    I like a wide variety of foods and cuisines ~~ hard to choose any favorites; but I love to cook for other people. That is my passion. No one favorite recipe; but I treasure the techniques and tips my Sicilian MIL gave me, especially for prepping veggies. I learned so much from her.

                                                            2. re: laliz

                                                              Good lord! I thought feeding my husband was tough!

                                                              1. re: laliz

                                                                you realize if you ever need to spend time in the US South and Southeast you may well risk starvation

                                                                  1. re: laliz

                                                                    I am a little curious as to why someone with a list this long would visit chowhound.com. This is not to say that you are not welcome, but I am a little puzzled.

                                                                    1. re: DougRisk

                                                                      I thought that also DougRisk and was going to post something similar but then I thought of all the many other foods that are not on that list and they obviously far outweighs what laliz does not eat.

                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                        Sure thing. I was actually going to ask the question to someone who posted previously to laliz, but was a little afraid of the judgment that I was being "judgmental".

                                                                      2. re: DougRisk

                                                                        Just because I know what I don't like???

                                                                        What on my list is required eating??

                                                                        I really have tried everything, I am just specific and know what I don't like. I don't think I'm unusual.

                                                                        1. re: laliz

                                                                          I'm not judging. I find some of these lists internally contradictory, but it's not my plate and palate in question. god knows I have my freak show (as categorized by others) going on.

                                                                      3. re: laliz

                                                                        WOW!!!! You must be an absolute blast to cook for - especially as a dinner guest.

                                                                        1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                          good piling on; so witty and original!

                                                                          1. re: laliz

                                                                            Laliz, I may have started that pile-on, and I definitely did not mean to. I tried to say it in a friendly manner, but maybe I should not have said anything at all.

                                                                            What got me thinking that way was, in part, this:

                                                                            ==================================
                                                                            Lamb
                                                                            Fresh water fish (trout, pike, perch, etc)
                                                                            Mussels
                                                                            Duck
                                                                            Anchovies
                                                                            Goat Cheese
                                                                            Sardines
                                                                            Anything cooked with or containing wine and/or alcohol
                                                                            ==================================

                                                                            That part alone would seem to prevent you from eating in the South of France. Or India (from your mention of Indian Food) Of course, there is no rule that says you need to. And, personally, I have never been to either place.

                                                                            I hope that what I had said was not too heavy handed.

                                                                            1. re: DougRisk

                                                                              Thank you very much, what a nice post.

                                                                              The wine/alcohol thing is because I am a recovering alcoholic (21 years) but still extremely sensitive to the smell of wine and beer especially.

                                                                              I have a vegetarian daughter who loves Indian food ~~ and a son who lived in a frat house for two years at Berkeley, where much wine and beer was consumed. I didn't stunt their development with my personal preferences. But neither of them eat Lamb, Fresh water fish (trout, pike, perch, etc), Mussels, Duck, Anchovies. Sardines (although they did eat smelts when they were in their high chair, Sicilian grandmother). I don't know about goat cheese.

                                                                              Thanks again.

                                                                              1. re: DougRisk

                                                                                yeah didn't mean to ding you either, just there were a lot of foods on the list that are hard to avoid in certain areas of the US. please never take anything I say very seriously (unless I'm praising something)

                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                  I know that I wouldn't fit in the southern eastern part of our country for a lot of reasons, food being one of them. I am, as they say, "of other than Southern extraction (bless her heart)"

                                                                                  no harm no foul. Thanks.

                                                                          2. re: laliz

                                                                            I thought I was the only one who hated guava!

                                                                          3. Brain and Long Island Iced Tea

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                                                                            1. re: tcamp

                                                                              I used to live on Long Island and never even heard of a LIIT until I visited a friend in Albany!

                                                                            2. I can only think of two foods I avoid...

                                                                              Durian and Gazpacho.

                                                                              Durian is the same as old rotting onions

                                                                              Gazpacho... I guess I don't like cold soups and the taste is a little too raw/grassy tasting for me.

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                                                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                  Thanks for the rec. I does sound better for me.

                                                                                2. re: dave_c

                                                                                  "I guess I don't like cold soups"

                                                                                  There is something about cold soups I do not like either. There have been times when I have actually gagged eating gazpacho. Not exactly sure why since I love everything that goes into it. This happens to me with a bloody Mary as well. (I am not a picky eater and eat just about everything including offal...but not insects.) Might be some kind of early childhood thing for me. That's all I can think of.

                                                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                    re: cold soups

                                                                                    Sometimes I want to go Top Chef on the restaurant when a cold soup is part of the menu. "You had all day to cook a dish and you present a blended cold soup? Where's the cooking here?" lol

                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                      Yeah, remember when Vichyssoise was all the rage in the 70s? I'll take Gazpacho over Vichyssoise anyday. (It helps that I had some awesome Gaz in Barcelona)

                                                                                    2. re: dave_c

                                                                                      I think there must have been something wrong with the Durian we tried once....we all agreed that it had little smell and next to no taste. It came to us frozen whole - I wonder if the freezing process did something to it or if maybe it was picked extremely underripe for shipping????

                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                        Freezing is the standard trick for keeping the smell at bay. In most SE Asian countries it is illegal to display durian in public unfrozen because of the smell.

                                                                                    3. During 4 decades of diving I have witnessed the depleted population of sharks of all types around the world and I won't eat these magnificent creatures.

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                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                        I won't eat sharks, either.

                                                                                        I also avoid tilapia, basa and catfish.

                                                                                        I won't eat horses, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, alligators, snake, turtles, insects, balut, sea urchin, raw green peppers or grapefruit.

                                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                                          Add tilapia to my list as well. It might be irrational but ever since we watched a show about how tilapia are farm-raised, we refer to them as crap fish. I have had alligator in the past and don't need to try it again.

                                                                                          The Long Island Ice Tea mention made me shudder. A bar in my college town was "famous" for their LITs. The chief ingredient was sour mix, never again. I cannot stand anything with commercial sour mix to this day.

                                                                                          1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                            I had alligator once, and it was absolutely succulent, crunchy, and awesome, amd perfectly cooked. But that's the only time I had it and it was for a dinner for the local Chaine de Rotisseurs, which turned out to be short-lived here. But the gator was really, really good. So were the venison and lamb. That was one hell of a dinner, now that I think about it

                                                                                        2. re: Veggo

                                                                                          Mmmm. Shark fin soup. One of the best soups I've ever had. Only had it on business trips to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, though.

                                                                                        3. Milk and its closely related ilk: cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese and everythig else that smells like milk.

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                                                                                          1. re: junescook

                                                                                            I have a friend who is like this junescook. He is like a vampire with garlic anytime the above-mentioned items cross his path. That is, except for ice cream. What about you?

                                                                                            1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                              Ice cream and aged type cheeses are fine. I guess it's the lactic acid that naueates me. That goes out with the whey in the cheese and is sweetened up by the sugar in the ice cream.

                                                                                          2. Beets
                                                                                            Yogurt
                                                                                            Tomato Soup [I dont care for tomatos in general, but I will tolerate them as an ingredient, as in guacamole. The thought of taking a bite out of a tomato as one would an apple is gag-inducing. But tomato soup will send me running for the nearest recepticle.]

                                                                                            1. No:

                                                                                              cooked carrot chunks
                                                                                              lima beans
                                                                                              sunnyside-up eggs with that grey pad thing underneath the yolk.
                                                                                              licorice
                                                                                              goat or mutton
                                                                                              sweet potatoes or yams
                                                                                              beets
                                                                                              pumpkin, outside of pumpkin pie
                                                                                              natto
                                                                                              balut egg
                                                                                              peanut brittle
                                                                                              brazil nuts
                                                                                              Mexican chorizo
                                                                                              organ meats, especially brains.
                                                                                              apples (except for the sour green kind)
                                                                                              raw meat, ala. 'tartare'.
                                                                                              snails
                                                                                              Boston baked beans.
                                                                                              Any casserole that has cream of mushroom soup in it.
                                                                                              bananas
                                                                                              melons, especially watermelons
                                                                                              and no Chile!!

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                                                                                              1. Cellophane noodles (snotty looking)
                                                                                                Canteloupe
                                                                                                Fruit soup
                                                                                                Leeks (allergic)

                                                                                                1. Balloon bread
                                                                                                  Cats & dogs & horses - lumped these together because although I might enjoy the meat I refuse to try it.
                                                                                                  Those grubs that primitive folks dig from under tree bark. Cooked might be okay …

                                                                                                  I'm really having a hard time coming up with anything else. I don't LOVE a lot of the things on some lists, margarine for instance, but if that's what there is I'll consume it. "Eat what's put before you and say nothing," was the rule in our house, and contrary to all the warnings from child psychologists I grew up liking or tolerating almost everything.

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                                                                                                  1. Pickles produced in India. Old favorite brands including Steinfeld's Pickles, Mrs. Neusihin’s, and Nalley were moved to India not sure when. Is in very fine print on their jars. Refuse to have all that fuel spent to bring pickles to my table. Makes me mad Dean Foods in Wisconsin bought Steinfeld and Neusihin in 1999 then moved them to India when customers like me didn't notice. Not sure about the Nalley Pickles story. Recently figured it out and not sure when it happened. Feel lied to by trusted manufacturers. Bad quality, pickles often mushy taste bad and are not the same. Toss more jars at a time than used to in recent years wondering what happened buying terrible pickles because of familiar labels. My dollars will vote for local pickles to create local jobs. If unable to find an affordable better tasting option will ramp up production of my own home made pickles to make at least enough for my own annual use.

                                                                                                    1. NO CILANTRO AND NO LEMON CHICKEN. YUCK!

                                                                                                      1. Mayo
                                                                                                        Brains
                                                                                                        Hominy
                                                                                                        Rhutabegas(sic)
                                                                                                        Potted meat

                                                                                                        1. Brains. I am not a zombie.

                                                                                                              1. Bananas

                                                                                                                Not. Gonna. Happen.

                                                                                                                1. Only thing I can think of is Miracle Whip. So revolting. Feel bad for people who grew up on it, thus becoming used to it. vile vile vile

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                                                                                                                  1. re: circustance

                                                                                                                    I agree with this one too. I despise Miracle Whip, and basically it is just ersatz mayo , and IMO far too sweet for what I use mayo for.

                                                                                                                  2. Fascinating! As are all similar threads. Texture is a huge thing in eating for many.....

                                                                                                                    1. Liver in virtually any form.

                                                                                                                      1. I don't have a long "refuse" list, & I'll normally try anything & everything once before making a decision. Unless it's something really unusual like insects, etc., etc., I think it's ridiculous to claim to hate something you've never even tried. That said, the items I don't eat that come to mind at the moment:

                                                                                                                        undercooked eggs
                                                                                                                        raw oysters
                                                                                                                        beef, calves, lamb, or pork liver, brains, or sweetbreads
                                                                                                                        veal
                                                                                                                        sea urchin roe
                                                                                                                        insects

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                          chemicals (if unable to pronounce when read ingredients I shy away)
                                                                                                                          preservatives (try to minimize, hard to avoid, don't stress the few when do)
                                                                                                                          testicals (rocky mountain oyster beef or otherwise, tried and do not like the texture)
                                                                                                                          eel (had several times many ways and do not like)
                                                                                                                          pickled hard boiled egg (make good ones, simply have eaten my last)
                                                                                                                          foie gras (fatty goose liver sometimes duck)

                                                                                                                          Bacardi1, With you on trying something before we are able to form an opinion even when sounds strange. Not sure what you consider undercooked eggs.

                                                                                                                          Raw eggs can be dangerous so I also avoid. While do very much enjoy raw quail yolk on flying fish roe sushi maki - partially for the looks on the people's face around me when consume bite sized portions. For the unique flavor, I enjoy sunny side up eggs broken runny yolk stirred in my hash (fried potatoes with lots of a good meat - my favorite is a good smoked fish). Often make home made mayo and salad dressings with a yolk from a coddled egg dipped in boiled water for only about a minute (while do this less and less as prefer alternatives). Store bought mayo uses pasteurized eggs. Whipped then flavored cream cheese in moderation is better to me than mayo (Philadelphia has new flavored cooking creams). Also nice is flavored sour creams like with fresh chives and a few drops of liquid smoke. And the combinations possible boggle the mind. When read sour cream ingredients you want to see something like milk with enzymes . Daisy is a good brand. Darigold has a special natural version different than their more popular regular stuff thickened with corn starch. When read the ingredients can find other good sour cream. Guess eating enzymes or cultured ream is something have grown used to.

                                                                                                                          Do eat raw oysters on occasion. Not so many pacific ones as those picked for me are usually too big. Living in Orlando, FL traveling the south in the late 80s and early 90s ate many raw oysters. Mostly buckets of 60 at a time petite lightly steamed oysters, on a saltines, and with cocktail sauce. My favorite oyster bar ever is CJs South Orlando now closed just out of the International Airport on the main road (also often at the one in Melbourne, FL). Calico Jack's who was like Hooters but better. Hot pink with bright sky blue accent colored short shorts instead of orange. They could fly oysters through rafters to land in someones mouth crossed the room. Slogan was, "ONLY ONE THING TASTES BETTER THAN AN OYSTER ... BUT YOU DON'T EAT IT ON A CRACKER". When sat at a stool with the trough between you and the server could watch the antics and talk to the guys & gals working for tips. Or you could sit at your own more private very solid well made wood indoor picnic table. The servers could shuck a bucket of oysters with a smile while talking to you and have them lined up for you in minutes (faster than have seen nearly anywhere else). Great seafood stew. CJ's juice in a 20oz plastic pink cup tasty punch was $3.50 if recall and always a great deal at that as only needed a couple. Grilled Teriyaki Chicken sandwich to die for that was a one pound whole breast for $6 with a side making it a heck of a meal. Sad to hear no longer there as was once a neighborhood favorite place to eat when lived in Belle Isle, FL where did lots of boating on the lakes.

                                                                                                                          1. re: smaki

                                                                                                                            Uh - what don't you understand re: "undercooked eggs"? Would the term "soft-cooked" eggs explain it better?

                                                                                                                            I don't like or eat eggs that aren't cooked to the well-done stage. That means no gooey whites or runny yolks. And yes - I have tried them; don't like them; refuse to eat them.

                                                                                                                        2. Looking at this thread, a lot of these items are unappetizing, weird or even gross, but I could probably manage to eat almost all of them, if I was really hungry. But one item I absolutely under-no-circumstances could EVER-EVER consider is-- Balut Egg. Just the thought of crunchy little bones, wet feathers and a tiny skull amidst slimy, proteagenous goop and micro claws has already caused me to lose my appetite for breakfast this morning, and maybe for the rest of the day.

                                                                                                                          1. Mint and anything with the least HINT of mint flavor or smell = almost an allergic reaction!
                                                                                                                            Miracle Whip. It would take a miracle for me touch it with a ten foot spoon!
                                                                                                                            Balut .