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How Broad Is Your Palate on a Scale of 1 to 100?

If you score 100 that means you'll eat everything from chicken's feet to blood pudding to live jelly fish to grub worms.

If you score 1 that means you're a one-note oboe who will only eat bread or rice or potatoes, etc.

I'd give myself a 74.

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  1. i'd say I'm about 75, I put the brakes on when it comes to food like Durian or some offal.

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    1. re: treb

      Ha. We tried Durian several years ago. It didn't really taste like anything and didn't smell bad. We must have gotten a...BAD one??????

      1. re: sandylc

        are you sure you didn't get jackfruit instead? they look kind of similar but jackfruit is distinctly less... well, distinct. i used to confuse the two all the time!

      2. re: treb

        I have had durian, and it was nearly offal... wait, that is a mis-spelling, but you get the idea. Actually, durian fruit tastes better, than it smells - just like some very ripe French cheeses.

        Hunt

        1. re: Bill Hunt

          I have never heard of a hotel in France that warns "No Ripe Cheeses." But in some places in the world a hotel will have a "No Durian" sign.

          1. re: Steve

            Hehe, I have a t-shirt with the slash through the durian symbol. it was a gift from a Thai friend, as I'm not really a durian fan.

            1. re: Steve

              Actually, I could abide by a sign for each, but in the right circumstances, each can be quite delicious.

              Hunt

              1. re: Steve

                Durian is not allowed on public transportation in Singapore.

                1. re: LMAshton

                  And with good reason.

                  Same for some Inter-Island airlines - no durian fruit.

                  Hunt

              2. re: Bill Hunt

                It does taste way better than it smells and can be really delicious depending on the preparation

                It is not a scary food.

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  I agree, but would not want to be in a CRJ-200, where 6 passengers were eating it - heck, would not want to be in a 777-400, where 6 passengers were eating it.

                  Hunt

                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Aren't we talking about individuals' palates?

            2. In terms of what I'll try, I'd say probably 75 or 80. In terms of what I'd actually be OK with eating on a regular basis, more like a 50.

              I'll try many things once. But that doesn't mean I want to eat pig tongue or whatever on a regular basis.

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                1. re: juliejulez

                  I'm with Julie. I will try many things (I draw the line at insects, etc., but most offal is ok), but I wouldn't want to make a regular diet of it. So I'd say 80-85 on the try scale, and maybe 50-60 on the eat regularly scale. Also, preparation plays a HUGE role, especially when it comes to things like offal.

                        1. I would need to see a scale, I think. Maybe around 75? I am 'offal' wimpy. I am really surprised at what some people find exotic.

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                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                            In Asia, I sort of put the brakes on a dish of live baby chickens, thrown into a hot skillet. Watching them "dance" around, before the heat took their lives, was beyond my tastes. Same for some Filipino takes on impregnated eggs. Just not my thing.

                            Though I have eaten toasted grasshoppers, and even chocolate-covered grubs, they are not high on my list of food items.

                            Same for eyeballs. I do not want my food "looking" back at me. Sorry.

                            Also, if my choice of a "live Maine lobster," is referred to as "Fred," I will change my pick. I do not want to eat something with a name...

                            Hunt

                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                              "Same for some Filipino takes on impregnated eggs"

                              That's balut.

                              1. re: c oliver

                                Correct, but I thought that the description would have more impact - until I saw another mention of "balut," in this thread.

                                Hunt

                              2. re: Bill Hunt

                                Fred, Hank, Liz, whoever. I never met a lobster I wouldn't eat. :)

                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                  Well, when you pick your choice, and the cry goes out to all of the servers, "He just picked Fred!" and they all begin telling stories, and wringing their hands, tears streaking down their cheeks, one pauses.

                                  Hunt

                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                    Ha. When I was about 10, my dad took us kids to the store to buy a lobster for my mom's birthday. We thought it was going to be our pet and when Dad killed it, we (ages 10, 7, 4, and 3) are cried. When Mom ate it, we sobbed. It may not have been her favorite birthday...

                                    1. re: Hobbert

                                      Lobsters are not warm and cuddly pets for small children, especially when the rubber bands have been removed from their claws. Even housecats should beware.

                                      1. re: Veggo

                                        I grew up out in the country and had no idea what lobsters were :) Now I find them very tasty!

                                        1. re: Hobbert

                                          Excellent. I hope you catch up for the lost time! My nearby oyster bar has a lobster special all through Labor Day weekend, I expect to enjoy a few.

                                        2. re: Veggo

                                          Hi, Veggo:

                                          I had a boxer dog who learned this lesson the hard way. He won the fight, though, and the crustacean cooked up just fine.

                                          Aloha,
                                          Kaleo

                                          1. re: kaleokahu

                                            Interesting. I recall putting a 3 pounder on the kitchen floor, sans rubber bands, with my cat at the time, who was very curious and stalked it from a safe distance. He clearly sensed danger. I rewarded him later with a bit of tail meat for having put him in harm's way.

                                            1. re: Veggo

                                              You fed the lobster foe to your cat!?!?! New Animal Planer show "Pet Gladiators".

                                          2. re: Veggo

                                            Kind of like the rabbit in Monty Python's Holy Grail? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcxKIJ...

                                            Or perhaps, Ricky the Carnivorous Pony?

                                            Hunt

                                          3. re: Hobbert

                                            Sounds like the restaurant, with the "Pick Your Own Live Maine Lobster," when I chose Fred. The entire staff donned black arm bands, and held a mock wake... I felt so bad.

                                            Hunt

                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                              Pierre was mine at the Rosewood in Vegas. Full story another time.

                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                I do think that you will owe us that story. Maybe we need a new thread - "Did You Know Your Lobster?"

                                                Hunt

                                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                  Mr. Hunt I offer you an IOU on my full story. For tonight the martinis are flowing and I am glowing, drinking away a summer I can not too soon forget.

                                                  Cheers!

                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                    You are allowed, sir. When the time is right, just add the reply. I have been there, and sometimes wish that I had not. When "Wine-Thirty" comes early, say on a holiday weekend, I should just not post.

                                                    Catch you later,

                                                    Hunt

                                                2. re: jrvedivici

                                                  I was fairly regular at the venerable Rosewood, RIP.
                                                  Basic 4 pound Nova Scotia lobster with lots of butter for one black chip ($100).

                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                    The original Rosewood?? They moved at some point and I visited the new location once before their closure but my story took place at the original. I will have to wait till Tuesday when I'm back in front of a keyboard again to type the story. Sorry for the teaser!

                                        3. re: Bill Hunt

                                          "Hi there, I'm Fred. I'll be your meal this evening."

                                          1. re: flavrmeistr

                                            I have never encountered a talking lobster - must me something new -gene splicing?

                                            Hunt

                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                              Haven't you ever read the little tag?

                                              1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                They can WRITE too!?!?

                                                Wow, who knew?

                                                Hunt

                                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                  They're also telepathic. (Fred has sent me a message for you, btw. Sadly, nothing from Pierre.)

                                                  1. re: foiegras

                                                    You know, that has happened before. I used to disregard clairvoyance, and especially with lobsters, but have changed my mind on that subject.

                                                    RIP Fred - you WERE a great lobster, and loved by the entire staff, all the way to the valet.

                                                    Hunt

                                      2. 63.

                                        And I add one for every year I age.

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            Hahahahahah self control jr.....self control.