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Sadly, I'll probably never eat it again...

I was thinking today while I was cooking about foods that I used to love and eat a lot of but probably won't ever again. Here's a partial list:

1. Tuna steaks, swordfish steaks (the whole mercury thing. I know that I'm probably overreacting and that something is going to do me in eventually, but why hasten the process?)
2. Chunky candy bar - just doesn't taste the same any more
3. Angel food cake with chocolate frosting - my "go to" birthday dessert as a kid, but somehow trumped by other things now
4. Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate - used to love it and buy it daily, but now it tastes watery
5. McDonald's McDLT - They don't make it any more (sob here!)

So...what's on your list? I'm talking about foods you loved but won't, for whatever reason (health concerns, dietary restrictions, availability, etc.) probably won't eat again. Don't include food you've decided you don't like any more - just those things that you'd love to eat and be able to enjoy them the way you always did.

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  1. McDLT--is that the burger that kept the hot side hot and the cool side cool?

    Things I used to love and will never eat again:

    Swordfish--I've heard things, and they have nothing to do with mercury.

    Cod--viz swordfish.

    Crab, shrimp, clams, lobster--it's a biological thing.

    Honey--I finally realized what it actually is.

    Jello--viz honey.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      Yep on the McDLT - The hot side hot and the cold side cold. I loved how the lettuce and stuff on the cold side was actually crisp!

      1. re: Perilagu Khan

        >>"Honey--I finally realized what it actually is."<<

        Ummmmm........... "bee vomit"?? OK................. so why would that make you stop eating it? Just really visually sensitive are we?? ;o]

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          white rice
          Ice cream (sob)
          Choclate Milk (chocolate silk is just NOT the same)
          Hershey kisses

          1. re: laliz

            Oh gosh... Not fun (at least in my world)!

          2. re: Perilagu Khan

            <I've heard things>

            Oh no. What things?

            1. re: latindancer

              You sure you want to know? Ignorance be bliss, after all. But maybe it wouldn't bother you like it does me.

                1. re: Rilke

                  Worms. Just worms.

                  Like I said, maybe not a big deal for most, but I don't want anything to do with it.

                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                    Said "worms" in seafood once lost me some large pounds in a short period of time. Not fun. It is a big deal.

                    1. re: sandylc

                      Careful or somebody will make a million plumping the new Cod and Swordfish Diet.

                    2. re: Perilagu Khan

                      This isn't exactly new information. Certain tiny worms evolved to parasitically live in the flesh of large cold water fish. That said, you rarely ever get a piece of fish that has been freshly caught. Even at places like Whole Foods that market the image of super-fresh fish, you're still almost always getting stuff that was flash frozen at sea, and the temperatures required to flash freeze fish are easily enough to kill the worms.

                      1. re: The Big Crunch

                        It's not the killing but the eating that concerns me.

                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                          ...think of it as a bonus of a little extra protein. :-0

                        2. re: The Big Crunch

                          "Fresh" pork is the same. What you buy at the store is always frozen due to worms.

                          1. re: law_doc89

                            That may be. But they're invisible to the naked eye. From what I understand, that's not the case with the parasites in cod and s-fish.

                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                              Oh yuck...that's just gross!!!! Guess I'm adding cod to my "never again" list...

                                1. re: law_doc89

                                  You have about 4 times a greater chance of dying from a lightning strike than by trichinosis, but I guess I still wouldn't partake in any pork tartare.

                              1. re: The Big Crunch

                                Plus both cod and swordfish are so seriously overfished that we probably won't have to worry about consuming them for long.

                      2. re: Perilagu Khan

                        I don't get the lobster part. If you don't eat them, they eat themselves anyway.


                      3. 1) Bell Peppers (unpleasant aftereffects)
                        2) Italian bread fresh from the oven and slathered in butter. H is carb restricted, and I'm doing it with him.
                        3) Planters Cheez Balls (because They Have Ceased to Be, and because I would eat them by the can and caint no more)

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                        1. re: pinehurst

                          RIP Planters Cheese Balls :(
                          Cheetos cheesy asteroids (sold as 100 calorie packs) do come pretty close.

                          1. re: pinehurst

                            I had no idea these were gone! I loved these as a kid. We only had them on vacation at the beach. My sister liked to throw them at the gulls and make my mother crazy. She still claims one ate so many you could see little ball indentations on his front.

                            1. re: pinehurst

                              Planters Cheez Balls were the best! Other brands of cheese balls just are not the same.

                              1. re: manraysky

                                I don't believe I've ever in my entire life consumed a "cheese ball".

                                1. re: sandylc

                                  CheeZ ballz, pleaze. They were the best. Ever.

                                  1. re: linguafood

                                    My closest experience with said Cheese Balls was when delivering my son to his very first college dorm room. His roommate had already arrived. We walked in the door and tripped over a GIANT jar of the things. It was an "uh-oh!" moment for us, we agreed some time later.

                                    1. re: sandylc

                                      Sound like the perfect roomie to me.

                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        My poor kid never complained, but on one visit when he allowed us in his room, it was clear that he'd actually shoveled this kid's crap to the other side of an imaginary line in the middle of the room - !

                                        EDIT: So, I guess it depends upon your idea of "perfect"!

                                        1. re: sandylc

                                          If the French had only erected a Cheeseball Line, much misery and bloodshed would have been avoided.

                                          1. re: sandylc

                                            My daughter and her roomie decided to make a beach party/ dinner in their room, with all in attendance bringing something. She then told me about the humongo plastic jar of "Cheeseballs."

                                            I then got a bill at the end of the year, as well as her room mates father to clean the remaining sand out of their dorm room! Yes they covered the floor with sand for the perfect ambiance! I guess they ate all the cheese balls!

                                            1. re: PHREDDY

                                              What is fascinating is that they lived with that sand in their room until the end of the year.....

                                    2. re: sandylc

                                      You don't know what you're missing. And that's probably a good thing.

                                2. -I too don't eat fishes like tuna and swordfish because of mercury reason.
                                  -I stopped eating prepared canned food.
                                  -I don't eat supermarket bread and cakes...they just taste so bad even my 5 yr old daughter won't touch(I know we spoiled her though)
                                  -Typical supermarket pasta such as barilla and ronzoni. De cecco is my go to brand though I loved Archer's farm(target gourmet brand) pastas are even bettern than de cecco.
                                  -regular tomatoes in can- I only go for san marzano style tomatoes, huge difference in taste.
                                  -All supermarket brand chocolate bars- way too sweet and gummy, I love Lindts brand chocolate for the price.
                                  -Supermarket cheese brand like Presidente, if i am going to eat the calories, i am going to eat the best tasting ones.
                                  -Regular butter from supermarket- once I had European style butter, can't go back!
                                  -Atalantic farmed salmon, I saw the condition of the farms these fishes are raised in...yikes..
                                  Starbucks coffee-- ashtray in a cup
                                  -baked goodies from local bakeries...a lot of bakeries use trans fat to bake their bread, patries and cakes because butter is too expensive.
                                  -Almost all local restaurants near me(northern NJ) because I can make so much better food than most of them!!
                                  -Anything with artificial colors and flavors(my daughter bounces around after eating artificial colors)
                                  -Lobsters, my husband is allergic to it all of sudden.

                                  1. What else...nothing else but one dessert that haunts me almost to this day! WOW! yuch! Yeah,' Haunts' is the only way I can describe...It's called Rhabarbekuchen.

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                                    1. re: hetook

                                      OMG, my mom makes that. Or did, years ago. Now it's haunting me too.

                                    2. There are many things I don't eat and probably never will eat Taco Bell and KFC come to mind first.

                                      As for things I will never eat/drink again:
                                      Store brand cran-apple juice: used to love it but its all high fructose corn syrup
                                      Snapple Juices: they just taste awful lately and make my throat itch, plus tons of calories/sugar
                                      Potato Chips (fried): never was a huge fan, but there is just no upside, will eat baked potato chips
                                      Steak n Shake brownie sundae: used to be my go to on late night visits in highschool, but I'm certain its full of hydrogenated oil and those calories are so unnecessary
                                      Anything with partially hydrogenated oil in it

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          Now that's one that I will eat until the end of time!!! :-)

                                        2. Alas, a New Jersey hard roll will likely never pass my lips again. There is no such animal in New Hampshire where I live now. From reading the Lamentations of other chowhounders, I conclude that they are hard to find down there now too.

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                                          1. re: calliope_nh

                                            I used to get the best hard roll in Massachusetts (in the MIT cafeteria of all places). Sounds like it's time for a road trip!

                                            Fortunately, I'm still in NJ (and have been my whole life if you don't count the college years), so I don't have any geographical reasons for not eating things again.

                                            1. re: calliope_nh

                                              Sadly, the NJ hardly exists in NJ anymore. I haven't been able to find a decent one in quite a few years. Seems like all of those old family run Eastern European bakeries have closed. :-(

                                            2. Have to add another one...fried shrimp.

                                              I remember as a kid, there was a year or two when I would ALWAYS order it in a restaurant (which we only went to as a family on vacation). I do still remember it fondly, but I would SO much rather have my shrimp prepared almost any other way now!

                                              1. Any farm - raised fish, which means not a lot of fish.
                                                Pork - I watched that video from the animal rights ad with the pig in the cage. I am done, even with organic pork.
                                                Utz Crab Chips - I love love love these things, but check the label some time and compare the sodium content to other brands. Insanely high. Beware if you have any blood pressure or heart issues.
                                                Beef that isn't grass-fed and free roaming, which means not a lot of beef.

                                                1. Cold blue box mac n cheese doesn't taste like it used to, so I have to just eat it all or pitch the rest. I used to love the leftovers cold for breakfast.
                                                  Velveeta...I haven't had it in years because it doesn't taste the same as it did when my roommate and I lived on toasted Velveeta and tomato sandwiches when we were 18 years old.
                                                  Too bad about the Chunky bar. I was so disappointed last year when I finally found a store that carried them. They just were not wonderful anymore.
                                                  The OP asked for foods that we still loved but won't eat anymore, and if the formula for these foods hadn't changed, I'd still eat them.

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                                                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                    OP here...

                                                    It's so sad how many formulas have changed!

                                                    I also find, though, that my taste has changed over the years. Some things I used to adore (and would still like to eat) fall below things that I like more. Probably won't eat those "old" foods again...

                                                    1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                      Chunky bars haven't been right since Nestle bought the brand. Chunky used to have brazil nuts, cashews, lots of raisins, and better chocolate. If it weren't so much trouble, I'd make my own more often.

                                                    2. no more poultry,
                                                      no more meat
                                                      no more blue fin tuna
                                                      no more maine lobsters.
                                                      no more cola drinks

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                                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                                        That's a lot of delicious to leave behind.

                                                        1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                                          Eh, her loss. More for the rest of us to enjoy :)

                                                      2. Twinkies. There, I admitted it. I ate them rarely, maybe once every two or three years. But when I wanted one they were so full of artificial chemical goodness.

                                                        It's hard to give up the treats of your youth, no matter what you know about them.

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                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                              I think johnny101golf meant that Jos Louis cakes are too chocolatey. I don't find them to be that way, but I am fairly addicted to chocolate. ;)


                                                              1. re: Blush

                                                                Yes, that is Québec junk food! I don't think I've ever eaten one.

                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                            i happily gave up twinkies when i moved out of the dorm.
                                                            their main advangtage was they didn't need refrigeration and they didn't rot no matter how long you stashed them in the back of your closet.
                                                            once i moved to a place that had a refrigerator and a hot plate, the twinkies were gone, gone, gone.

                                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                                              they actually have a normal shelf life and get changed at the store frequently.

                                                              BTW hostess is going to be making their snacks again

                                                              1. re: indelibledotink

                                                                now, i am much more picky about the treats on which i will "spend" my calories.

                                                                when i ate them in the dorm at college, their "normal shelf life" was defined as whenever they were bought to whenever we ate them. (maybe we were lucky that nobody ever got sick?)

                                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                                  I think that kind of highly-processed baked good would just get stale; I've never heard of them getting mouldy.

                                                                  Well, in general when people are fully adults, they have at least a bit more money and far fewer calories to spend.

                                                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                                                    My junior year in college we scotch-taped a Twinkie to the wall in September. It was still soft and mold-free in June. Whether it then tasted "worse" I couldn't tell you.

                                                              2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                Amen- those and the Hostess cupcakes and Sno-Balls

                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                  loved the snowballs, but liked them better when they came with one white and one pink. i know it was the same flavor, just the esthetics.

                                                                2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                  Some stores still have a stock of twinkies and cupcakes in my area.

                                                                  1. re: Musie

                                                                    Those have to be pretty far past their prime! I did see a brand of "Twinkie-like" snacks by Mrs. Freshley's recently, but didn't buy them. No idea if they're anything close to the real thing.

                                                                    Looking forward to the return of Twinkies this summer!!

                                                                  2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                    KM, I read last week that Twinkies will be back on the shelves in early summer. I was a Ding Dong girl myself (loads of years ago.)

                                                                    1. re: KrumTx

                                                                      I prefered ho-ho's to ding dongs but my brother was definitely in the ding dong camp.

                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                        Ding Dongs here all the way!

                                                                        My husband adored Devil Dogs. I, though, never liked those - cake always seemed really dry.

                                                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                          I *loved* Devil Dogs, you just needed to eat them with a glass of milk and take a gulp after each bite :)

                                                                          I grew up about 30 minutes from the Drake's factory in Wayne, NJ, so even though Hostess cakes were widely available we always had Yodels & Ring Dings instead of Ho-Hos or Ding Dongs...though of course there were Twinkies!

                                                                      2. re: KrumTx

                                                                        Oooh I loved Ding Dongs. Those little foil wrappers made me think they were 'fresher' than the rest of the Hostess products.

                                                                        1. re: KrumTx

                                                                          I've always considered some of the Twinkie 'knockoffs' to be better than the real thing...I always hated the gritty texture of the cream in the Hostess version.

                                                                      3. Rice a Roni, broccoli cheese flavor. Stopped because of the sodium. I'm also a bit afraid to taste them again now that we don't eat as much artificial flavorings. I might discover they taste chemicals and be sad. Better to remember them as good.

                                                                        These next ones were occasional treats but will still be missed.

                                                                        All beef hotdogs. I bought a package a year ago, but noone touched them at the BBQ so into the freezer they went. All our friends are eating healthier. I unfroze them recently, ate them over the course of a week or so, and enjoyed every single one! (Rice and beans and dogs!) So yummy, moreso than the chicken dogs which came in first of the packs we did open. (Yes, we did a taste taste.)

                                                                        Hostess Cherry fruit pies. One of my favorite treats at the school cafeteria.

                                                                        Jack in the Box curly fries. It's not inconceivable that I'd go to a Jack in the Box again but would probably chicken out of getting the fries for health reasons. I loved the crispy crunch, the spices, and the curly shape.

                                                                        1. Soda, except ginger ale for an upset tummy
                                                                          Anything with partially hydrogenated oils if I can help it. I miss things like buttercream eggs at Easter
                                                                          Kraft mac and cheese

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                                                                          1. re: Rilke

                                                                            If you really, really, truly miss buttercream easter eggs, look for mary sue easter eggs. i live in baltimore and love those things. no hydrogenated fats. the recipe really hasn't changed from the first day that the company started making them over sixty years ago. http://www.marysue.com/mshistory.html

                                                                            1. re: Vidute

                                                                              Thanks! I live only an hour or so from Baltimore.

                                                                          2. The lunch buffet at this mostly Lebanese place:
                                                                            Buffets are not my thing, but they did it right. Everything hot and fresh. It was insanely popular, and that kept the food turning over quick. All the meats were flavorful and tender, saffron rice just had a little something extra that I'll never figure out, and the Za'atar bread was phenomenal.
                                                                            I used to live down the street from it, but have relocated and don't see myself returning.

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                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                              Just as well they don't have an all-you-can-eat buffet like that near me in Montréal!

                                                                              I can get all those things nearby, eating out or to prepare at home. We are blessed with a large Lebanese population.

                                                                            2. Mussels. I got a bad one about 3 years ago and have not been able to eat them since.

                                                                              A full serving of "deep fried" things like seafood platters, fritto misto, fried shrimp and the like. It makes me feel very ill. The occasional tempura, in small amounts, are OK. I just had a few tempura green beans the other night that were wonderful with no ill effect.

                                                                              1. Because I want to keep my original teeth well into my silver years I've begun cutting back on (but I still prepare for my family & friends)how often I treat myself to:

                                                                                caramel corn at the ballpark
                                                                                Bazooka bubble gum (in my youth I'd chew 3 pieces at a time)
                                                                                candied nuts
                                                                                red candied or caramel apples (unless I can cut into pieces but what fun is that!!)
                                                                                whole nut energy bars (now I chop the nuts)

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                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                  Oh that's right...gum is another one for me. I had to go cold turkey a few years back. I was basically chain-chewing and just got tired of it. Now I find that adults chewing gum looks ridiculous! :-)

                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                    Bazooka bubble gum was not only chewed but traded for all sorts of things when I was a kid. Riding your neighbors bike, traded for small toys, cool rocks, something "adult" we wanted to see. That gum holds a thousand childhood memories for me.

                                                                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                      If I had to stop chewing gum, I'd probably wind up in some sort of hospitalized detox :D

                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                        Sometimes I find a small piece like a Chicklet helps me bypass a migraine in the making. So I keep a stash in my desk and in the glove box. Love the sound the box makes!

                                                                                        Bazooka unfortunately kicks my jaw now. Probably from too much chewing!

                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                          Big bubble gum wads hurt my jaw, too. I don't know how I did it as a kid. I blame my gum addiction on my mom. She's a gum addict and was always offering it to us kids.
                                                                                          Luckily, I like sugarless and have made it my whole life cavity free!

                                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                                            I recently quit chewing gum because my ear/nose/throat doctor said it was likely causing my headaches! I guess he was right because I haven't had one since. :/

                                                                                        2. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                          I have been thinking the same thing about adult chewing gum for the past few years.

                                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                                              Perhaps this is the issue. I just remember watching people and seeing obvious gum chewing and realizing that it looked somehow out of place.

                                                                                              1. re: melpy

                                                                                                Oh I actual recall my Mother commenting that so and so chewed their gum like a cow...and it stuck w/me. Mother was a discreet chewer :) and noticed when others were not.

                                                                                                Even gums for quitting smoking need to be "enjoyed" quietly or it looks ridiculous....but what's your take on blowing bubbles with gum? In my youth we had contests.

                                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                  I work with a young woman who is delightful in every way except she is a constant gum chewer (so she won't snack/smoke). She is a *loud* gum chewer and she blows bubbles and pops them loudly. The more she is concentrating, the louder she gets. It drives me crazy but she is so wonderful in every other way that I can't bring myself to say anything.

                                                                                                  1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                                    Yea, I am a frequent chewer but always try to pay attention to my smacking volume as I hate the smackers. No one has ever said anything including family members so I guess I have it under control, but some really are louder than cows.

                                                                                                    1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                                      Isn't that the worst? When an otherwise lovely person, who you like very much, makes obnoxious gum noises? Ugh. That happened to me with a very close friend at work.

                                                                                                      Then again, however, I am one of those for whom "mouth noises" in general make my hair stand on end. Don't even get me started on loud candy sucking...

                                                                                                      I confess to being a frequent chewer (Extra Peppermint, always) but try to be as discreet as I can with it!

                                                                                                      1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                        "Isn't that the worst? When an otherwise lovely person, who you like very much, makes obnoxious gum noises? Ugh. That happened to me with a very close friend at work."

                                                                                                        My mother would say, "I hear you like your gum!"

                                                                                                    2. re: HillJ

                                                                                                      Gum chewing needs to be extremely discreet. I'm very conscious of this to the point of being almost a gum sucker. Just keep that trap shut and enjoy the gum in a way that nobody knows you're doing it.
                                                                                                      I'd love to give it up, by my migraine medicine gives me the worst cotton mouth. So, it's gum and water bottles for me!

                                                                                            2. re: HillJ

                                                                                              I wish I could jump on the no gum bandwagon it wrecks havoc on my stomach but has a strong hold on me. It's a nervous habit. I too, will shove 3 pieces in my mouth chew, chew, chew, and change it when the flavor is gone or it gets too tough.

                                                                                              1. Tastykake Kandy Kakes/Tandy Takes. Loved these way back when I was still living in Pennsylvania. Then I found them at a local (Indiana) supermarket chain. OMG, I thought I'd found myself in heaven! I bought a pack and ate them. Just not as good as I remember them. Of course, I'm a much more accomplished cook now, but I still like some junk.

                                                                                                If I find the Butterscotch Krimpets, I'll give them a try though.

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                                                                                                1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                  I still like those Kandy Kakes. Those and the crumb cake - both still as good as I remember!

                                                                                                  I never really liked the Krimpets. I still see them around, though.

                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                    I recall the Krimpet ice box cake. This was a "dessert" a friend would make for parties.

                                                                                                    Layer Krimpet's in a 9x13 pan, icing side sideways.
                                                                                                    Make two boxes of instant pudding: vanilla & chocolate.
                                                                                                    Pour one pudding prep over the cakes and refrig for 30 min
                                                                                                    Pour 2nd pudding over that and chill.
                                                                                                    Slice & eat.
                                                                                                    Dirty recipe at its finest. Sugar rush!

                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                      You know, I would totally eat something like that :)

                                                                                                      1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                        nofun, the dessert was requested all the time.

                                                                                                2. Sword I think is actually more sustainably fished now. And tuna, I think you are talking Blue Fin? There are other species of tuna that are not endangered.

                                                                                                  What I'll never eat again? Deviled ham.. loved it as a kid, not as good now.

                                                                                                  Packaged ramen - if I want ramen, I am doing it up right with a restaurant version.

                                                                                                  And Koala.. I used to love a nice braised koala stew.. but once I saw they were cute little fuzzy things, and that my mom had lied to me about them being ferocious carnivores that preyed on kangaroos, I realized they weren't good eats..

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                                                                                                  1. re: grant.cook

                                                                                                    I too thought sword was off the "bad" list.

                                                                                                  2. From-scratch angel food cake. My mother used to make them and she's deceased, and nobody I know (including me) wants to go that route. It's so much better than store-bought!

                                                                                                    1. NY bagels, bialys & pizza
                                                                                                      Naan in an Indian restaurant
                                                                                                      Panko-crusted anything
                                                                                                      Green's chocolate babka
                                                                                                      Miso soup & edamame
                                                                                                      Classic NJ diner disco fries

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                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                        I thought of a couple more from my childhood. Both are too sweet to hold much appeal for me now anyway, but it still makes me sad that I couldn't eat them if I wanted to:
                                                                                                        - sticky buns from Plain & Fancy in Schuylkill Haven, PA
                                                                                                        - chocolate covered pretzels from Mootz Candies in Pottsville, PA

                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                          are there any gluten-free adaptations you can eat?

                                                                                                          Are you also allergic to legumes?

                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                            I'm not allergic to legumes, but they interfere with my already-compromised thyroid function. Soy is the worst offender in that regard so I avoid it completely except for a dab of fermented miso in a recipe here or there. I'll occasionally treat myself to some hummus, lentils, black bean dip, or a spoonful of peanut butter, but it's pretty infrequent.

                                                                                                            And sure, I've adapted a lot of things for other people as well as for myself. There just is no substitute for certain foods, and sometimes it's more about the complete experience. I can make great GF naan at home; what I really miss is being able to enjoy it with my meal in a restaurant. And unfortunately I've had trouble digesting all grains - including GF ones - for quite some time now, so I don't make or eat anything grain-based anymore. At this point it wouldn't really be worth it for me to indulge unless it was the real deal. I just try to focus on what I *can* enjoy, and not torture myself thinking about all the things I can't have.

                                                                                                        2. L'Orangerie's "Caviar and Egg" appetizer dish.

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                                                                                                          1. bananas - saw a plantation in Costa Rica and it completely ruined them for me.
                                                                                                            farmed salmon
                                                                                                            processed food

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                                                                                                            1. re: Ashley12

                                                                                                              What was it about the plantation that ruined it for you?

                                                                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                They grow the bananas in pesticide lined bags and spray 2-3 times per week. When I started asking questions I was quickly quieted and never acknowledged again throughout the tour.

                                                                                                                1. re: Ashley12

                                                                                                                  IC. I'll stick to local bananas from now on (which I usually do anyhow)

                                                                                                                  1. re: Ashley12

                                                                                                                    Welp, organic bananas from now on . . .

                                                                                                                    1. re: Ashley12

                                                                                                                      I'm curious as to how much that matters given that bananas have a peel.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                          Last I heard the workers don't have a peel, the soil doesn't have a peel, the aquifer under the ground doesn't have a peel, the animals and children playing in and around the fields don't have a peel.

                                                                                                                          1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                                                            I was trying to figure out the best way to say exactly this, and you did it. Thanks.

                                                                                                                            1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                                                              Um, okay. So you want all of us to REQUIRE organically grown produce so that poor people have absolutely NO access to fresh produce at all, is that it? Because that's what happens when the demand for organic becomes higher....the prices correspond. I suppose if all the poor people go on food stamps, and we pay for it all, that is a much better solution. And the corporations who hire thousands of workers in the areas where the bananas are grown will have to slash their workforce to pay for the more strict production & regulations of organic farming. Because making profits is evil, right? Just so you can feel better about the bananas you buy.... Okay.

                                                                                                                              1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                                                                Yes, and if the crop is destroyed by pests, nobody has jobs and bananas.

                                                                                                                    2. Taco Bell Mexican pizza with no meat- It was my road trip food in college. I can't imagine eating it now, but I really did enjoy it at the time.

                                                                                                                      Gibble's potato chips- These were my dad's favorite and he convinced me they were mine too. Later in life I realized I preferred other brands, but they still had a soft spot in my food memory. Gibbles recently closed, so, no more.

                                                                                                                      Garlic bread- Loved any and all forms of it, but once I realized how much butter went into it I just can't justify the calories. There's always some other carb I'd choose instead.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                        And French Bread pizza! Haven't had it since I was a kid but I remember loving it. Having now spent a lot of time trying "the best" pizzas of any area I happen upon, I would imagine a frozen French Bread pizza would taste very sad to me now, but I loved it when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                          It was amazing seeing the shelves empty of the Gibbles when it happened. Not sure if I had ever had them as I didn't grow up around here.

                                                                                                                          1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                            They were very lard-y, if that makes any sense. It was right around my dad's bday, so I bought him 2 big bags when they were discontinued. I think he finished them in a week.

                                                                                                                            1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                              Gibble's is gone? Nooooooo! I'll never "nibble with Gibble's" again :(

                                                                                                                              1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                I remember my great-aunt buying the little boxes of Chocolate Chip Snaps when I was little--decidedly before the 80s! I loved those things and now I'm feeling that sad, sweet nostalgia. Oh, how I long to sit down to a box of Chocolate Chip Snaps, peanut butter Space Food Sticks, and Morton's Honey Buns.

                                                                                                                              2. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                                What the heck?! No Gibbles? I just had them last year. *shedding a small tear*

                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                  It really does feel tragic. I have to try not to think about it, sigh.

                                                                                                                              3. I am old, so you won't probably know about these, but when I was growing up in the 60's, Mortons (probably gone too) made these little doughnuts that you baked called sugar 'n spice. They were little ones and were so sugary and a bit greasy, but in the best way.

                                                                                                                                Also, from the same era, a non-carbonated orange drink called Tru-Ade which kind of tastes like an orange Hi C which McDonalds has.

                                                                                                                                Then, one you probably know. Breyers Mint Chocolate Chup which is still around, but they changed the type of chocolate they once used and now it is just not the same, too chunky and not like the flaky texture I loved.


                                                                                                                                1. I don't believe that this is sadly, but for me I will not eat boxed macaroni and cheese again! Sour, gummy candy! or hot dogs!
                                                                                                                                  cantaloupe-after the heath scare awhile back.

                                                                                                                                  1. Sadly, the wonderful poppyseed coffee cake from Wirth's Bakery in San Francisco....
                                                                                                                                    Wirth's was a stop whenever we were in THE CITY starting when I was a wee thing in the 50s. When the bakery was sold, the recipe was part of the deal and we were able to buy the coffee cake well into my fifth decade. Now, alas, the bakery is no longer and I have not been able to find a cake as good (and I have looked from the Pacific to Wisconsin).

                                                                                                                                    1. Parisian sourdough bread. How any company could run Parisian into the ground is beyond me. It was the essence of San Francisco. Perfect just as it was.
                                                                                                                                      Truckee Sourdough Bread Company is as close to Parisian as you can buy today. Excellent loaf.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Enigma3

                                                                                                                                        Used to like Colombo as well, but NOT the pre-sliced loaf. Very much a sourdough flavor with a great crust. Until you move away and have to pretend LaBrea is decent bread you don't realize what a treat real San Francisco (bay area) sourdough really is.

                                                                                                                                        It's been years since i had it, and yes, Columbo is made in Oakland (recently voted the most exciting city in America http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/10...) but Columbo and peanut butter was my after school treat for many years.

                                                                                                                                      2. o'gradys au gratin. if you liked them, there was no other.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: ta0126

                                                                                                                                          Tell me about it. That said, if you happen upon Shearer's ridged sour cream and onion, snag 'em. They're the closest thing to O'Graday's that I've seen.

                                                                                                                                        2. I thought of another one.

                                                                                                                                          A Steve's ice cream mix-in. I went to college in Boston, and that Steve's ice cream was a STAPLE! Yes...there are places now that do mix-ins, but it's just not the same. Steve's is basically no more. I think I remember reading about the original owner selling or something like that, but I can't remember the whole story.

                                                                                                                                          They do make pints and sell them in various markets, but again...not the same: http://stevesicecream.com/

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                            Steve's still exists. It's now called Herrell's -- Steve's last name. It's a long story why he gave up Steve's and then started up again. You can read about it in the Wikipedia link.

                                                                                                                                            click on Locations for stores


                                                                                                                                            1. re: taos

                                                                                                                                              When I was in Cambridge, there were both Herrell's and Steve's. I always went to Steve's, though. I'm going to check out Herrell's. I knew there was some story about the whole thing - thanks for the Wiki link!

                                                                                                                                          2. There's nothing on my list that I won't eat for moral or political reasons, at least not permanently; if Chilean sea bass or Atlantic cod rebound they'll be back on my menu. I don't like factory farming and do try to stick as much as I can with animals that have been raised carefully, but a Choice T-bone from whoever sells to Kroger will still grace my grill occasionally.

                                                                                                                                            But there are things I won't eat because they've gone away, and though I miss them terribly they are probably not coming back. At the top of that list is KFC Hot & Spicy Extra-Crispy, which if I didn't put my to-go order in the trunk it'd never make it home. That stuff just made me crazy.

                                                                                                                                            There are some things I must eat in moderation because I'm both pre-diabetic and subject to gout, but I will have pasta and slow-cooked pork shoulder, and I will have a beer now and then and use fish sauce and eggplant, just not all at once!

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                              The way you feel about Colonel Sanders H&S X-Crispy, I feel about the Cheddar Melt by McDonalds.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                and that's how i feel about Three Twins Mocha Difference ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                time elapsed from purchase to complete consumption has never exceeded 40 minutes. . . . .

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                I pretty much share your sentiments, Will, "never say never", indeed. I'm not sure how I'll deal with havin' my health prevent me from eating things I love. I mean, you gotta die someday, no?

                                                                                                                                                As to the only thing I know I'll never eat again, it's my Grandmother's eel. Me and my Grandfather would sometimes catch 'em when out flukin'. The old man was a rugged ol' cuss and would hammer a nail through the head into a tree, slit it open, gut it and take a big Bowie knife to separate the head.* Though, I have learned to use a filet knife for the dirty work, and have tried to recreate the old lady's recipe, I just can't seem to get it right. I think it might be the breading?

                                                                                                                                                *I'm pretty gruff, but my Pop was a truly serious "guy". I can still see the "whack" that would finish the eels. If you've never cleaned a fresh eel, I should add that even after bein' gutted, they still move.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                  According to my father they is something in the hands that can flavor the food :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                    Funny you mention that. It reminds me that family lore has it that when I was teethin' my Grandmother could rub a bit of scotch on my gums and I'd go silent. When my Mom or Dad tried to do the same thing, I kept cryin'. Maybe it was the finger?

                                                                                                                                                    I think it's a great idea for a new thread - "Did you ever know someone who had magic flavors that came from their hands so now you can't recreate their recipes?"

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                      "Did you ever know someone who had magic flavors that came from their hands so now you can't recreate their recipes?"
                                                                                                                                                      This thread comes to mind....


                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, Hill. I never opened that thread before as cookies aren't really my thing. It seems there's a lot of fun thought in there. I guess, I'll have to sit down and peruse . . . .

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                        I'm guessing like my grandmother with certain recipes it was more a matter of many decades of practice, but who knows what flavors her favorite hand lotion left behind?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                          Man, if it's the lotion that permits you to get a six year old boy to eat an eel that he watched his Grandfather hammer into a tree, I need to know where to find that magical stuff.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: globocity

                                                                                                                                                    Thought you meant Nabisco cheddar Zings which were a little z shaped cracker I loves in the early 90s. So good.

                                                                                                                                                    Also Chocolate Snaps from the little box with the cat on it. Long gone cookie from the 80s.

                                                                                                                                                    I am sure there are others. Do they still make Sociables crackers? They changed the shape and formula of the vegetable thins and now they taste like chemicals. Same brand.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                      They still make Sociables. The Khantessa adores 'em; I abominate 'em.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                        Yes they still make Sociables but they taste totally different (not in a good way). JBSiegel, try the angel food cake with fresh strawberries and cool whip (or whip creamed), very good. Tilapia is on my no eat list and now what's this newest scare about ground turkey.....will it ever end?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GIOny

                                                                                                                                                          You remind me of a dessert that my mom used to make when I was young. It was angel food cake, cherry pie mix, dream whip. Total yum! I'm feeling a need for that right now - not exactly chow-worthy, but fantastic!! :-)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GIOny

                                                                                                                                                            "Scare" is the key word. Most of this stuff is irrational paranoia.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Fanta - Chances are I'll drink it when I'm back in the UK, but on this side of the pond the extra orange food colouring is a major turn off.

                                                                                                                                                        Farmed salmon - I dislike how fatty it is, plus it tends to be a lot blander than its wild cousins.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Cheesecake, it's all over the place, no longer unique and delectable for me.

                                                                                                                                                          1. gone for good? < probably not...some or all may appear back one day but for now I've gotta get serious:

                                                                                                                                                            bathing suit season
                                                                                                                                                            a Hawaiian wedding in June
                                                                                                                                                            too many European markets

                                                                                                                                                            these are just some reasons to curtail my food fancies.

                                                                                                                                                            1. candy is out (for now) dang
                                                                                                                                                            2. creamer flavored or otherwise out for now
                                                                                                                                                            3. cookies I made yesterday, won't be tasting
                                                                                                                                                            4. pasta, white rice, potato-out
                                                                                                                                                            5. chips, crackers, che# mix nope
                                                                                                                                                            6. copious amounts of salad dressing gone
                                                                                                                                                            7. breads, rolls, biscuits nutuh

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                              Wow, that's a depressing list. If I couldn't eat any candy, cookies, pasta, potatoes, crackers, or bread in order to maintain my weight, I think I'd rather be fat.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                                                                oh I know that's true (about my list being depressing).
                                                                                                                                                                I'm small but need to lean up a bit at present time.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                                                                  Everything in moderation, including moderation.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                    My motto regarding gelato shops in southern Europe. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                      "Dear God, please grant me chastity. But don't grant it too soon!"

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm hoping God waits 'til I'm Ninety.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                                                                      Rilke, ever heard of Spring cleaning?
                                                                                                                                                                      it's kinda like that..........

                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                      I have my weaknesses, but candy fortunately isn't one of them.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                        As I'm sure you know that trip to Hawaii is going to ruin your diet. Lots of information on the Hawaii Board. ALOHA

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Grapette, in the little 8 oz. bottle. Heard it was making a comeback, but then heard Wal-Stinko bought them, so no, it wouldn't be back in the nifty bottle, only in some slimy can. Too bad, too sad. We loved that drink. I think I'd still love it, but probably would have too many real sugar calories.

                                                                                                                                                                        Used to drink "Mexican" Coke, because it is made with cane sugar, not corn syrup, but again can't afford the calorie count.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Most of the "probably never eat agains" on my list are there because they are not made anymore.
                                                                                                                                                                          My taste-bud memory can still taste the General Mills cereal "Jets" of the late 1950s. It had to be my all-time favorite food. Probably has been magnified and romanticized in my memory, tho.
                                                                                                                                                                          Butter brickle candy bars. The little "brickle" pieces in ice cream are OK, but definitely not the same experience as the candy bar.
                                                                                                                                                                          Then, there's bacon. A somewhat complicated, spiritual, and personal omission within the past 6 years or so. But I am finding beef bacon fits the bill pretty well. (Maybe the "sadly" part of the thread title does not fit when we make choices like this. If there was any real sadness involved, I probably wouldn't have looked at this change years ago.)

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                                                                                                                            i have never heard of beef bacon before.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: indelibledotink

                                                                                                                                                                              it's known as Beef Fry or Beef Frye,
                                                                                                                                                                              we got it from kosher markets when I was a kid, maybe there is a halal version?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                                                                                                                                                                                I can only speak about what I know... The Beef Bacon we get in Florida is available from Publix. Gwaltney is the brand and it comes in a blue package. I see where there are other brands, other "types" on the internet.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: indelibledotink

                                                                                                                                                                                Neither have I. All the kosher, halal or non-pork-to-be-leaner versions I've seen here are made of chicken or turkey.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Like many of you, I'm sure, Sunshine Golden Raisin Biscuits are sorely missed but, most of all, I long for these.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: grampart

                                                                                                                                                                                gramp, as kids we would top Gaucho's with marshmallow Fluff and create a cookie fluffernutter, freeze 'em for 10 (long mins) and sit on the porch on a hot summer night and dig in.

                                                                                                                                                                                Followed that tradition with Nutter Butter cookies & Fluff with my own kidlets when they were very young.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: grampart

                                                                                                                                                                                  GAUCHOS! So good...the Girl Scouts peanut butter sandwich is an acceptable substitute

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Pineapple. Wonderful, delicious, like-eating-sunshine pineapple. Because suddenly, allergy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                                                                    My sympathies! That's a rough thing to be allergic to.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                                                                      What are your symptoms? Do you have seasonal pollen allergies/hay fever? And have you reacted to other tropical fruit, banana, melon, tomatoes, strawberries, kiwi, eggplant or latex?

                                                                                                                                                                                      As of about 6 months ago I have an oral allergy to eggplant (so depressing). I'm praying it doesn't develop into full-blown latex-food syndrome.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                        Symptoms include burning and swelling in my mouth and throat. Yes to kiwi; no to everything else. It appears to be a side effect for a medicine I take, but I'll be on it for the rest of my life!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                                                                          Bummer :( Watch out for papaya as well - it's a common cross-reactive allergen with pineapple & kiwi.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                            So far no problems with papaya; India Pale Ales, on the other hand, lead to near-immediate vomiting. It's the strangest thing! I can drink anything but an IPA.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                                                                              That is bizarre. IPA is made with more hops than other styles - maybe you have a sensitivity to hops that's triggered when you reach a certain concentration...?

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                We have no idea exactly what's behind it, save for that I never had a reaction prior to taking the medicine I'm on now, so my doctor has submitted the reaction to the manufacturer of the medicine in case there's a link somehow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many American IPAs are far hoppier than traditional IPAs ever were. I've loved the IPA style for 45+ years, but some of the ones coming out in the last 10 years or so are in fact so unbalanced as to induce a gag response.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brewing seems to have now become a contest to see how much hop bitterness and alcohol the brewer can pack into a beer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beer geeks seem to like that, however.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Sadly, I will barely eat anything because...

                                                                                                                                                                                      - No more meat since it's all ethically wrong.
                                                                                                                                                                                      - Only wild fish I have caught myself from the cleanest of pristine waters, whcih are so rare that I will thus never eat anything from out of the water.
                                                                                                                                                                                      - Only organically grown plants, grown locally, and harvested and sold at local farmers markets by people paid a handsome living wage.
                                                                                                                                                                                      - No food at any restaurant or grocery store because I can never be assured it meets my stringent health and ethical standards stated above.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Let's see, did I miss any exclusionary reasons?

                                                                                                                                                                                      Joking aside, I eat whatever the hell I want, when I want it. If allergies make me stop, then so be it, otherwise, I'm not a fan of setting absolute self-limits on my food choices

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Big Crunch

                                                                                                                                                                                        All meat is ethically wrong? Why not fish?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, there goes all fish as well. And since plants are living, and nearly all probably contain some trace amounts of some chemical that someone somewhere has said is bad for me, there goes all plant life as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                              Indeed, helps to know how to read eh? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Beluga or burbot caviar and deep fried sturgeon. I lived in the old CCCP in '69-'70. Somehow I had the feeling that w/ my carrier choices, I'd never be able to eat or afford them again.I used to eat kilo cans of beluga caviar.
                                                                                                                                                                                          In Finland, I used to split a "5 gal." bucket of burbot caviar w/ a friend. We'd cook buckwheat blini, top the caviar w/ sour cream and diced onion. Shots of Korskonkorva vodka.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. In Fuengirola Spain a few years ago, we had the best calamari ever. Baby squid (puntillitas) caught that morning, lightly fried, and served whole. Sadly, I'll probably never have them again since I don't forsee a return trip and, as far as I can tell, squid that small are illegal to catch in this country.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: grampart

                                                                                                                                                                                              Grampart, I know exactly whgat you mean! Will I ever have longosta on my paella or Iberian ham tapas again?

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hell, Pass, never say never. I assure you that the sun will rise outta the Atlantic tomorrow morning and bring the promises of a brand new day, my friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                  MGZ, I've been reduced to putting rocky mountain oysters on my home made pizza as a replacement for seafood and real NJ pizza. Be in NJ in June.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                    You might like this one (hell, you may even know it) if you're headin' to the South River area: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/nyr...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've been there before and I agree. Hope to be in NJ in June!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you come, give a shout? Unless you have a plan, maybe we can help you find some solid chow? Local guys can trap lobsters again and the prices have been comin' down . . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Their house-made blintzes, apple cake and pork/rice stuffed cabbage was very good the one time I've been to Krakowiak Restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It used to be, when we were kids, we get dragged to some Great Aunt's house in South River or Sayreville and inevitably be fed Polish standards. I reveled in it. My Brother, would refuse to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Krakowiak kinda reminds me of 70s era SR. Maybe it's just the patrons. There are a lot of bad moles on a lotta faces in there . . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Russian Osetra caviar, bought a kilo for my wife and myself in 2004 when still available at normal prices ( cost me $ 100 ) in St Petersburg and we both ate with our horn spoons, a super memory

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheesemonger, I feel your pain. Also I miss nonpasturized French cheeses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank Heaven still can get them here. nice to see you posting again. Missed you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You should be able to find them here (Montréal) which may be closer to where you live. Certainly local ones (which are very good) but la Mère patrie still has the largest variety.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks but l spend a lot of time in Paris

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I obviously was referring to the fellow above you, who seems to live in North America! by the way, your website doesn't seem to work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 1. Tastycakes. Used to love 'em. Just don't anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Soda pop. Same thing. I avoid corn sweeteners whenever possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Coffee with sugar, or most all drinks with sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Beer. Well, ...mostly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. LSD. Can't find that nice, clean CIA blotter anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. All those with qualms about eating animals should read "The Sound Machine" by Roald Dahl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also this in NYTimes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plants scream when you cut or chew them, so you must give up eating vegetables and fruits. There is a growing plants rights movements, and one must always keep in mind the psychoanalytic concept of "Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality"


                                                                                                                                                                                                    So we must give up eating our plant kingdom cousins.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: law_doc89

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's even gettin' past Jainism. I s'pose one could exist on dead rotting fruits and vegetables somehow. Please don't invite me to dinner though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Two more that dawned on me when I was back in NYC last week - Orwasher's challah and Manhattan street vendor hot pretzels.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh gosh...little sob about those pretzels!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know, right? I was walking down Fifth Avenue when the scent hit me, and I got so sad :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, life without soft pretzels is sad. Hat's off. Not sure I could do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sure you could. When you know that eating one will only result in pain & misery and contribute to systemic breakdown, it's not so hard to resist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. A lot of things. I do not have a sweet tooth but ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I miss Will Wright's Vanilla Bean Ice Cream served in a silver bowl with a fresh almond paste macaroon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          and ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blum's Almondette Sundae


                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. A Ship Shape Hamburger at Ship's Coffee Shop in Westwood sitting in the back booth with my brother as teens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Sea Turtle steak. Absolutely the best! The reason is obvious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: primebeefisgood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just go to Grand Cayman--you can still have it there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Coca Cola- it is like crack to me. I have a couple of bottles of "real" ginger ale for tummy troubles, but that is it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                McDonald's- they took the 1 thing i liked, Chicken Selects, off the menu. Their fries and shakes were the BEST when I was a kid, but are not at all palatable to me now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr Ugly- an apple fritter- type thing from Mister Donut - just a total foodgasm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nutter Butters- they still taste ok, but they make me sick every time I eat them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nabisco vegetable thins- another thing from my childhood that used to be so good, that now suck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                So many things that were so good when I was a kid have changed in formula so much as to be unrecognizable- many taste like chemicals to me :-\

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Spam amd Ham motherfu#*ers. WWII era c-rations that were older tha we were. Ham mothers were a 1/4 inch fat, a plug of ham and the biggist limas I've ever seen. Spam, 3 meals a day for weeks on end?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Friendly's before it went public and genericked itself, made a Big Beef that wasn't ground hamburger meat. The beef patty was somehow made of small chips of beef pressed together, cooked juicy rare, served between two slices of toast, with potato chips. No buns. No fries. Follow up with maple walnut ice cream with real maple flavor and walnuts that hadn't become soggy, and without chemical flavors, which also doesn't seem to exist anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Of course, that was a long time ago in a universe far, far away. OK, early 1960's when the only Friendly's were in Hartford, CT, West Hartford, and up in Springfield. Also, in those days, the abbreviation for Connecticut was Conn, not CT.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The early 60s IS a universe far, far away. ):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Great topic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I cannot eat hummus after eating it in Israel. My mouth can't go back to the crap that I was in love with before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SPAM- had a few times as a kid. Is an explanation really needed for why I don't eat it now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Egg Nog. My brother told me how it was made when I was about 10. I haven't touched a drop since. Weirdly, however, I will inhale its aroma whenever I get the chance....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wish that I could eat them "blindly" like I did before.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: t19103

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Egg Nog. My brother told me how it was made when I was about 10. I haven't touched a drop since.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is it because of the raw eggs? Commercial egg nog is made with pasteurized eggs, or you can make it at home and cook/temper the eggs...so maybe instead of just inhaling the aroma you can go back to drinking it again?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agreed. NO raw eggs in the commercial stuff. The commercial stuff, however, is no substitute for the real thing IMO. I say, suck it up, drink, and enjoy. Very few people get food poisoning from egg nog, and people have been making it with raw eggs for at least a hundred years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Big Crunch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree that commercially made eggnog is not very good. However, cooked homemade eggnog is a lot better than raw homemade eggnog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: t19103

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Learn how to make hummus like they do in Israel. It ain't rocket science

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. My father's cornish pasties. He never used a recipe and now that's he's gone I've never quite been able to replicate them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Rogers or Webers pickled lamb tongues. They don't make them any more. Started loving them in my grandmother's kitchen when I was about 5 years old. Grandma alway had a few jars for when me and my sister visited. Use to be able to by them in ShopRite or Acme. About 30 years ago I could get a gallon jug with about 30 of them at Rex Genes in Linden NJ. My kids love them too, and did many searches on line. Finally found a place in PA a few years ago, Dietrich's I think near Bethlehem that makes all sorts of pickled meats and can be bought on line but costs about $25-30 with s&h for 3 or 4 tongues. They we're good, but not the same as I remembered. Might try them again sometime, but the thrill is gone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: clamchowderrlambchop

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I so love that memory and wish it was mine. If you ever find anything like the pickled tongues you remember again, please promise this old 'hound that you will let us know?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will do! And thanks, it's one of my favorite memories too, and I don't understand why some people think it's weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Dairy Queen Blizzard -- can't justify that many calories and I've kind of lost my sweet tooth as I've gotten older.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kool-Aid. We rarely had pop when I was a kid, so Kool-Aid was a treat. Loved the lime flavor. I just can't imagine it would taste the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Regular Shasta grape soda -- Granddad used to keep some on hand just for me. Tried some years later and just not the same. (maybe aging it in granddad's root cellar was the key?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Swiss Cake Rolls -- Thought it was the best thing ever as a kid. Last one was dry and stale-ish. Can't remember what I loved about it so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And planters cheez balls of course!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. when I was at Uchico they made me an uni-panacotta... It wasnt on the menu think it was a one time deal. I have uni in lots of ways but it will never match that-----

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Whale, had it in Norway with gravy and lingonberries. Delish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crunch bar, Twinkie, Big Mac, chick nuggets, spaghettios - sadly none of these things taste good anymore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Okay you win with whale. Hands down

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. McDonald's fries...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm in my 40's, and their flavor has changed several times since I was a kid. They're always a big disappointment to me now.