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I confess. I don't like wine. Or beer. Or any alcoholic beverage. I'm certainly not against someone else drinking it, but I don't care for it.

While its confession time, I also dob't care for avocado (though I will eat it if already on a sandwich or in guac). And, to be honest, I'm not a big fan of parmesan cheese or any other strong or stinky cheese. I don't like 'heat' either, so I avoid hot sauce, hot peppers, sriracha...--and, even more horrifying to some, 'm not a big fan of ice cream or donuts, either, nor of most cheesecake.

I noticed many people raving over these foods, but I'm wondering who
else out there dislikes many foods that so any people seem to go crazy over.

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  1. Milk. To drink straight or to have in cereal, I don't like it. It may or may not stem back to the fact that as a child, my dad practiced a macrobiotic diet and therefore, I was actually not allowed to have milk, and as a result, I think I formed an aversion to it. My Dad no longer practices this diet, and my Mom never did (she always had her milk for her cereal), but I don't think anyone in my family ever just has a plain glass of milk. My only exception to this is that I do like milk shakes and ice cream.

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    1. re: SaraAshley

      I'm not a plain milk drinker either. My mom used to have to force me to drink it when I was a kid.

      1. re: hlk

        Good to know I'm not the only one!

        1. re: SaraAshley

          I also dislike milk. I can't understand wanting to drink a whole glass. Shudder. It is in mashed potatoes and things as an ingredient. A glass with spaghetti or cake? Hold me....

          1. re: suzigirl

            Oh yes, I'll never understand it either! Yuck, gross!

            1. re: suzigirl

              Urgh, milk... blergh. The idea of drinking an entire glass of the stuff? I'm shuddering right alongside you. Never done it, never will.

              I can manage a splash of it in a tea or coffee to be polite, say if someone makes me one without asking, but I'll be on the lookout for a glass of water afterwards to wash the taste down. If it's an un-tastable ingredient in something then I'm fine, but it's not an ingredient in anything out of my kitchen.

              1. re: Daisy.G

                I enjoy sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, etc. But I still clearly remember the horrible milk breath and the milk getting warm in the bottom of the glass taste and the bloated feeling after drinking it....etc.

                Great word, blergh. Can I use that?

                1. re: sandylc

                  You're more than welcome to 'blergh'. Make good use of it, it's quite a handy word!

                  Oh the milk breath. I can't stand smelling that on other people. I can tolerate all manner of people-odours if I need to, but the milk breath is the worst.

          2. re: hlk

            I find a lot of people don't like milk actually. I read an article somewhere that no other species consume milk past their infant stages, and that's part of the reason lactose intolerance is so common. we're kind of programmed to not drink it anymore.

            1. re: hlk

              Absolute DITTO hlk. and it was a war every meal. I still at 69 do not like milk in a glass.

              1. re: hlk

                I was one of those also. Bosco - sugar - Nestle - glasses with pictures at the bottom. All yuck.

                The only caveat to that is milk with freshly baked brownies.

              2. re: SaraAshley

                I grew up on a dairy farm, and for me milk, preferably raw, is almost the staff of life. I like all milk products, too.

                  1. re: Sharuf

                    +1 on growing up on a dairy farm and liking most dairy products (but not blue cheese and really aged cheeses; I find them painful to eat). I don't like Greek yogurt; I think the whole fad right now is weird.

                    Going back to the original poster, I do not care for the taste of alcohol and wine makes me break out. You are not alone at all!

                    I also, regretably, don't like the taste of most vegetables. Lettuce gives off the most nasty gas flavor in my mouth, which makes me gag. I wish liked more veggies, because I think the colors are so beautiful. But, they taste so very very bad.

                    1. re: shaja

                      Fascinating. I've never heard anyone describe such a strong reaction to lettuce before. It seems so innocuous to me, but people have told me the same about bell peppers and onions, which I can't stand.

                      1. re: shaja

                        You definitely sound like a super taster.

                        1. re: Becca Porter

                          Thanks, I will have to look into that. It gives me hope to think that there might be an explanation for the aversion.

                      2. re: Sharuf

                        I definitely prefer raw milk. My husband and I had a glass of pasteurized milk a few days ago, and it was awful, nasty, horrible. Tasted dead.

                      3. re: SaraAshley

                        My mom made me drink milk all day long, with every meal and snack. Hate it now. She STILL chugs it at 80 years old; she has stomach problems....hm-mmm...

                        1. re: sandylc

                          Aww, you poor thing! So maybe it really is that I just don't like the taste. I'll admit though that its been year since I've tried it straight. I'm kind of scared, lol. I actually have no problem cooking with it, though, unlike my other dislike mayonnaise (which I didn't mention due to the already numerous threads on the subject). Mayo is a thing that scares me more in large quantities, like having to measure out a cup for a recipe, ugh. A lot of times this is a recipe where once the mayo is incorporated, you can't actually see the mayo, and when I'm not the one preparing the dish, I can eat it even knowing there is mayo in it, but actually having to add that much mayo myself, nope, I won't eat it after that.

                          1. re: SaraAshley

                            I'd be interested to know from all you non-milk drinkers if you have it in your cereal? I think I know a few people in real life that don't like to drink it straight, but not anybody who is also opposed to having it in cereal.

                            1. re: SaraAshley

                              I rarely eat cereal but when I do, I am ok with the milk. I just don't care to drink it. It is the texture that bothers me. I also don't drink smoothies or milkshakes.

                              I do, however, love cheese and all other food (as opposed to liquid) dairy products.

                              1. re: SaraAshley

                                Nope. Never.eeeewww. I prefer my cereal dry. I rarely eat it though. It evokes bad childhood memories.

                                1. re: SaraAshley

                                  I rarely eat cereal,but when I do I occasionally use almond or soy milk.

                                  1. re: SaraAshley

                                    Rarely eat cereal but never put milk in it as I hate it too much. Another one forced to drink a glass every morning as a child.

                                    1. re: jadec

                                      I'm sorry but the image of cereal and yogurt mixed together brings to me the image of cereal having been eaten and then returned. But then I don't like cereal or yogurt much.

                                      1. re: Bkeats

                                        The cereal goes on top, like streusel. It stays much crisper than it does in milk.

                                    2. re: SaraAshley

                                      nope. i think things floating in milk is gross.... i eat yogurt with my cereal.

                                      1. re: SaraAshley

                                        I'm a yogurt person on the rare occasion that I eat cereal. Yum, whole milk Greek with fresh berries and crunchy cereal...

                                        1. re: SaraAshley

                                          I don't eat cereal very often (well, if I have it I'll eat it most days until the box is empty, then not replace it for a few months usually), but if I do, it's with soy milk.

                                          Growing up we rarely had cereal in the house, but when we did I would eat it dry. More as a snack, though. We weren't a very breakfast-y household at all,so I came to the world of cereal-as-a-meal later in life.

                                    3. re: SaraAshley

                                      I never liked milk much as a kid, by the time I was a teen I had stopped drinking it. Except for chocolate milk on a rare occasion. But I like hot chocolate, and fresh ice cold milk is drunk on the rare occasions I eat cookies. Milk shakes and ice cream are good, but again, eaten rarely. I actually don't do ice cream, dessert, sweet stuff that much. Maybe a few times a year.

                                      1. re: SaraAshley

                                        Not a milk drinker either. When i was pregnant, they advised a lot of milk to drink, so I got skim milk and stirred in a bunch of powdered milk and drank that. Confession, it was a holdout from my quasi-anorexic days, but I got a taste for it, and thereby upped my protein and calcium (etc.) content more than I ever could have otherwise.
                                        Not a big milkshake/ice cream fan, unless the ice cream is green tea or pistachio or a few others, but be aware that those things don't have a lot of nutrients, mostly just pure sweet, fat dairy-loving craving. Nothing wrong with that, just because it's not my obsession

                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                          Uh oh, I might be in trouble then when and if I ever get pregnant if that's the recommendation. Can you not just take calcium supplements? I should probably be taking them anyways, but I don't. Cheese though, I love cheese! So there's my calcium. Still, probably not enough, though.

                                          1. re: SaraAshley

                                            I don't drink milk either. My OB was completely fine with it. I took supplements.

                                        2. re: SaraAshley

                                          hate hate hate milk. i think it's weird. cheese, yogurt, ice cream, i'm fine with. milk.....*shudders*

                                          1. re: eLizard

                                            Same. And I can drink a glass of almond or soy milk (though it's not something I do often), but a glass of dairy milk? Ugh, no.

                                          2. re: SaraAshley

                                            I don't like milk either. I don't like it in my coffee or in my cereal or just plain.

                                            1. re: jmarya


                                              Alcoholic Beverages
                                              Flavored Tea
                                              Sweet Potatoes
                                              Pickled Pig's Feet
                                              Most Indian Food
                                              Vietnamese Fish Sauce
                                              Bean Sprouts

                                              Bigray in Ok

                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                Meh, I probably wouldn't gag from it, but I wouldn't choose to drink it either. Hot chocolate doesn't bother me, though.

                                              2. re: SaraAshley

                                                I cannot drink plain milk. However, I can eat it with cereal because of the sugar content afterwards. But, the smell and the taste put me off.

                                                1. re: Kashmirgirl

                                                  I am reminded of the saying, "Who in the world was the first person to look at the underside of a cow and say, 'hey, let's pull on those and drink whatever comes out!' "

                                                2. re: SaraAshley

                                                  I never cared for milk until age 50 and I discovered raw milk. As with SaraAshley I couldn't imagine drinking full glasses of it like they do on TV. In cereal or a latte where its flavor is minor or masked is OK.

                                                  Like most raw milk drinkers we don't consider it even to be the same food as machine manufactured milk. When you get forced to taste it plain it tastes like armpit sweat smells. That's the best I can describe it.

                                                  A side benefit to drinking raw milk is you get to troll all sorts of venues that are horrified that anyone would take such insane risks for any reason. Keep it away from the children! You get to see and learn how completely people get programmed with preconceptions they think are common sense.

                                                3. I'm pretty upfront about my dislike of wine and beer. I just don't see the attraction regarding taste. Avocado has no taste as far as I'm concerned and is merely a vehicle for the other guac ingredients. I hate parmesan cheese and other cheeses that leave a moldy aftertaste. I do, however, love plain cheesecake.

                                                  Although I am an adventurous cook, when I eat in a restaurant, lately I just want my food simply prepared.

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                                                  1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                    I agree that some cheeses have a moldy taste.

                                                    1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                      That depends on which type of avocado you are eating. The Hass does have flavor (the avocados that are almost black with the wrinkled skin) it may be delicate, but it is there.

                                                      The larger shiny skinned avocado from Florida has no flavor. I avoid those things, they are just fatty and tasteless and contribute nothing to a dish.

                                                    2. I disagree with you about everything else but I am not a fan of wine or beer either. I don't care for very much for most alcohol but I do sip liqueurs with pleasure and enjoy the occasional Margarita or Bloody Mary. I wouldn't turn up my nose at a chocolate martini from time to time either.

                                                      I am very fond of vinegar. Enough, in fact, to sip a good one. For some odd reason vinegar tastes "finished" to me while wine tastes raw and immature. ::shrug:: I'm sure I'm an outlier on this but, for what it's worth, at least you're not alone.

                                                      1. I can't do onions, bell peppers, or coffee. I just can't stand the taste of any of them, no matter how often I try them. It's a pretty major food handicap.

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                                                        1. re: hlk

                                                          Oh, I'd forgotten to mention coffee. Ugh. And sushi. I just can't. The nori, the sticky vinegar rice. Ick.

                                                          Glad to see others with me on the not liking beer or wine. I just don't get the attraction.

                                                          1. re: Miri1

                                                            I drink both, but not regularly (although we always have plenty on hand for guests). I've never been passionate about wine although I can certainly enjoy a good one. As for beer, I avoid the calories and alcohol for the most part, bus as a beverage it can have enormous appeal. And "beer" is really a class of beverages, not just one thing. Certain beers simply taste vile from my perspective, while others are pretty spectacular. Take Guinness, for example; it's wildly complex and flavorful and has a great mouth feel.

                                                          2. re: hlk

                                                            I can't stand raw or cooked green bell peppers. I love the orange and yellow ones raw, and roasted.

                                                            1. re: hlk

                                                              I don't drink coffee as I don't care for it, however the flavor is welcome in desserts..

                                                              As for onions and bell peppers, huge fan here.

                                                            2. Meatloaf!!! Everyone says: "How can you not like meatloaf?" "You have never had MY meatloaf!!"
                                                              I like most anything and I am an adventurous eater. When I was young my mom made meatloaf every which way and it did not work. She even cut it into a circle and put it on a hamburger bun to no avail.
                                                              Go figure?

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                                                                1. re: Motosport

                                                                  Ha. That's funny about cutting it into a circle. I have to agree with you, can't stand meatloaf, either.

                                                                  1. re: Motosport

                                                                    I don't hate it but I've never really understood it as something to make. I did recently post a thread on a good low carb recipe because the idea still intrigues me but my mom never made meatloaf and I guess I never wondered why you might, but perhaps I will :)

                                                                    1. re: Motosport

                                                                      I have a rule: never eat anyone's meatlof but your own. I have been ambushed once too often by meatloaf stuffed with surprise ingredients like carrots and olives and whatever else was going bad in the fridge. My meatloaf is ground beef, spices and a binder, gently mixed, simple and pure. For fun, I will occasionally put bacon pieces on top before baking.

                                                                      1. re: shaja

                                                                        That reminds me of a lovely gal I was dating way back in the day.
                                                                        She decided to host a little dinner party and chose meatloaf for the main course. I was deeply in love/lust so I did not disagree with her.
                                                                        Her recipe called for an egg to be folded into the middle of the loaf.
                                                                        When she served the meatloaf and cut into it the raw yolk oozed out. I can still see it now, along with the look on the faces of the dinner guests.
                                                                        I guess I just don't enjoy the taste and texture of baked ground meat, go figure!
                                                                        Except for liver, I'll eat most everything.

                                                                        1. re: shaja

                                                                          I think there may have been an American "standard" recipe for meatloaf prep that was popular in the '50s. I grew up loving the dish the way my Mom prepared it.

                                                                          Fast forward to our kitchen years later, and my wife's recipe (from her Mom), is identical in prep and taste. So I love it.

                                                                          I've been duped in scores of diners that offer meatloaf on their menus. No more, outside our kitchen; as you, shaja.

                                                                        2. re: Motosport

                                                                          what's not to like about meatloaf

                                                                          1. re: engie

                                                                            The same thing there is to not like about milk. Or avacados. Or cilantro. Some people just dont like it. That group includes me, and I have suffered dozens if not hundreds of meatloafs that their makers were "sure that I would just love! Everyone does!"

                                                                            They were all wrong. Personally I feel that meatloaf is an insult to the animal that gave its life for your meal. But that's just me.

                                                                          2. re: Motosport

                                                                            I'm with you on meatloaf and I'll raise you with pot roast.

                                                                            1. re: Motosport

                                                                              Agreed! I hate meatloaf I hate any type of grounded meat. I am always paranoid of soft cartilage or other stuff not supposed to be there. When I was forced to eat it I had to pinch my nostril to avoid and small and just swallow the entire thing. I dont' dare to chew meatloaf :(

                                                                              1. re: losen

                                                                                swallow it whole with lots of ketchup!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                              1. These are real turnoffs. Just seeing it on the plate someone put in front of me gives the meal a negative spin.

                                                                                Alfalfa sprouts
                                                                                Raw egg
                                                                                Egg with undercooked egg white
                                                                                raw oysters
                                                                                steak tartare
                                                                                liver - but mashed and mixed in pate or a sausage is OK

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                                                                                1. re: Sharuf

                                                                                  Plus one to everything but the tartare. Love that stuff.

                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                    Never got the tartare thing, I love my steaks and burgers medium rare, and love sushi, so go figure. I should love tartare.

                                                                                2. I don't particularly enjoy wine. I use it in my own cooking, and I will drink it if served, but I would never choose to order a glass. I have some knowledge of varieties and have had wine with dinners that has been specifically paired for the food, but I still don't enjoy it.

                                                                                  The one and only common food item I cannot stand is cilantro. I don't know if it's true, but I read that researchers recently proved some people are simply wired to consider the scent of cilantro as noxious and I am certainly one of those. It's not a matter of acquiring the taste for it. I find it repulsive.

                                                                                  Other than that, bring it on!

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                                                                                  1. re: JDAWG

                                                                                    I'm with you on the cilantro thing- to me it tastes like soap. I don't like dry oregano either, but I like fresh. I also can't fathom consuming velveeta cheese or any cream-of soup. Yuck! Raw egg white is a big "ICK" too.
                                                                                    Another yuck to me are foods that should not be sweet but are: any bread product, pickles, and tomato pasta sauce.

                                                                                  2. One of my odd ball female friends did not like pits or seeds. She'd eat a pitted olive but if I ate one with a pit and put the pit on the side of my plate she would cover the pit with a piece of lettuce or .....!
                                                                                    One day while eating strawberries and saying how wonderful they were I let her know that the seeds were on the outside. She never ate another strawberry.

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                                                                                    1. re: Motosport

                                                                                      That's a shame about the strawberries! I wonder...does she eat kiwis? If she still does, don't ruin it!

                                                                                      1. re: seamunky

                                                                                        No Kiwis but she'll eat an apple if it's sliced with the pits removed.

                                                                                    2. Can't say I love the taste of beer or wine, but I do like to get drunk! If these beverages did not have that effect I probably would never drink them.
                                                                                      I think we develop an association between how these beverages make us feel and how they taste which begins to make some actually enjoy the taste.
                                                                                      After having a few beers I am always surprised that I can consume so much liquid, as I'd never willingly drink the same quantity of anything else.

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                                                                                      1. re: WhatsEatingYou

                                                                                        Odd, I am the opposite. Many times I have wished that alcohol beverages did not have alcohol in them; I would like to enjoy them without effects...

                                                                                      2. Yogurt? Lasagna? Tomato Soup? Computer generated animation? Neil Young? Sprouts? Canned peas? Raspberry vinagrette? Seinfeld?

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                                                                                        1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                          No Seinfeld!? I'm shocked, shocked....

                                                                                          1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                            And coconut! How could I forget coconut?!

                                                                                            1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                              WHY IN THE WORLD do SO many people hate coconut? It's sweet and delicious - nothing offensive at all?!?!?!

                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                For the same reason some people dont like hot sauce. Or beer. Or strawberries. Or milk.

                                                                                                Coconut makes me gag at best, vomit at worst, even when someone tries to 'trick' me into enjoying it by not telling me it's in what they have given me. Grandma never tried to trick me again after I, shall we say, ruined her new wall-to-wall carpeting.

                                                                                                1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                  Wow, that's terrible to trick someone. I wasn't judging; I can understand many food dislikes - that one just draws more dislike than seems appropriate to the food itself.

                                                                                                2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                  Why do so many places screw up perfectly good shrimp by infecting them with coconut!

                                                                                                3. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                  I am happily allergic. The texture is so of putting.

                                                                                              2. These posts show good reason to expose kids to many many foods so they'll be able to enjoy a greater variety in the future. Not alcohol for the kids, of course!
                                                                                                As for not liking beer and wine, they're so different. It's like pretzels and cheese, not apples and pears.

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                                                                                                  1. re: BangorDin

                                                                                                    Personally I think kids should be exposed to alcohol. I was brought up by European parents and tried wine, beer, liqueurs, etc. at a very young age. So I knew how to handle them and was educated on them.

                                                                                                    1. re: JMF

                                                                                                      I think I know what you mean, children can become smarter about "forbidden fruit" if it is presented in a rational way. Alcohol kills living things, though -- that's why you put it on finger cuts, knee scrapes, and counter tops to kill germs. Maybe "expose" children to alcohol, but don't give it to them to drink. High heels for mommy, shoes that support growing feet for daughter.

                                                                                                      1. re: BangorDin

                                                                                                        It used to be very common in Europe for children to be given wine or beer. And they had a low incidence of alcoholism and binge drinking later on. And in many countries the legal drinking age in public was 16. Now the drinking age is 18-20 and binge drinking has become a big problem.

                                                                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                                                                          That's actually not true. There are some countries in Europe with fairly high alcoholism rates.

                                                                                                          Generally, Southern European countries have lower rates than Northern Ones, Western have lower rates than Eastern.

                                                                                                          1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                            You are correct, I should have been more specific about the countries/regions and not have said Europe in general.

                                                                                                            1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                              Well when its cold and dark, what else is there to do but drink?

                                                                                                            2. re: JMF

                                                                                                              Actually, in German, I am pretty sure you can drink beer and wine at 16, and the rest definitely at 18. I was just out bar hopping in Hamburg with my cousin's 18-year old son.

                                                                                                              1. re: Wawsanham

                                                                                                                And in Germany 14 yr olds can drink fermented beverages in public when accompanied by parents.

                                                                                                                In NY state, and 18 other states, any child may drink alcohol if with their parents permission and accompanied by them, in public or home.

                                                                                                          2. re: JMF

                                                                                                            I was raised by american parents, and i remember having a very small amount of beer with fried chicken with dad, or a very small serving of wine with dinner. now if there is a propensity toward alcoholism in the family, there is no way I would consider it. and the times we had any were few and far between. Of course I did start very young... when teething mom would rub my gums with scotch. One night I decided that was good stuff, grabbed the glass and downed a small shot of the stuff. Am told i slept very soundly that night - but the shot glass was kept well out of reach from that point on.

                                                                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                              My father taught me about wines and liqueurs/spirits from an early age, quizzing me and having me read the labels, in all different languages and describing the wine. My first real jobs after high school was as wine expert for high end wine and spirits stores.

                                                                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                That's awesome. Good for your Dad. I'd have love to learn that kind of things as a kid.

                                                                                                        2. Links to prior similar discussions



                                                                                                          You are not alone. You don't have to like everything. I wouldn't trust the taste of someone who did.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Bkeats

                                                                                                            Cilantro. Just can't like it. Olives too - I've tried over the years to like olives of any kind. Nope.

                                                                                                          2. My husband and I have found that with age there some things we just cannot eat any more. Red onion and green bell peppers come to mind.

                                                                                                            1. These sort of commentaries fascinate me... Mainly because food and drink present such extraordinary pleasures that i find it inconceivable that one could exclude the range of foods and drink listed in this tread. None of you can come to my house for dinner... You are entitle to eat or not eat whatever you want...so long as you don't try to tell me what to do.

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                                                                                                              1. re: TFF3

                                                                                                                But "one" isn't excluding the range of foods and drink listed here. Most people only listed a couple of things, thus leaving their eating options pretty much wide open. Is there no food that you dislike or don't get enough pleasure from to bother eating it? That's pretty unusual, I'd think.

                                                                                                              2. I've said this before, but I have no clue why so many folks like ketchup on their eggs. The sight and especially the smell make me ill. Crazy, crazy, ill.

                                                                                                                1. I don't like wine, I hate beer, and I rarely drink mixed drinks (sometimes when out to dinner with friends I will order a "fruity" kind of drink). Not only do I not like the taste of most wine and all beer, but I'd much, much, much rather eat and not waste the calories on alcohol.

                                                                                                                  1. I'm not much of an alcohol fan either. I don't care if others do but I just never had a taste for it.

                                                                                                                    I also don't really much care for ice cream, donuts or really anything sweeter than a bell pepper :) My sweet tooth is pretty non-existent and I'm saturated by sugar quite quickly.

                                                                                                                    Avocado is hit or miss- some days I like it but it's not something I really really need, although there are moments when it's quite delicious.

                                                                                                                    Milk - I've never had a glass of milk in my life and now the texture of anything white/tan/ivory and milky is offputting.

                                                                                                                    Funnelcake - everyone raves about this stuff and while I have never tried it, for some reason just the smell alone makes me quite ill.

                                                                                                                    Even though I don't like some foods, if served at someone's house or at a public occasion I do indulge but just some things I've never liked that many others seem to.

                                                                                                                    Here's an old thread on the topic http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580251. I think there are dozens other as well, but that was the first I found in a quick search.

                                                                                                                    1. I hate cheesecake. It's just too heavy and gross.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: SilverMoth

                                                                                                                        Me either, it's the mouthfeel for me I think.

                                                                                                                      2. Parsley! Italian/flat-leaf parsley is in so many recipes and I hate it. It tastes rancid to me. Blech. I also dislike anything with a smoked flavor (cheeses, chipotle peppers, meat, crackers, nuts - you name it), asparagus, milk, and most red meat. I love a good ribeye, but when I bite into tendon or tough gristle on a regular steak I gag. Oh, and lamb. I haven't liked any I've tried.

                                                                                                                        Incidentally, my husband adores all of the above...he gets my share!

                                                                                                                        1. Flavored coffees or alcoholic beverages. Hazelnut coffee? Pumpkin or Cherry beer? Please...

                                                                                                                          1. Curious: you like SOME cheesecake?

                                                                                                                            1. I have lost my taste for beer. Once is a while a nice, cold draft with the burger hits the spot. But craft beers that everyone is raving about lately? No thanks.

                                                                                                                              1. Red Velvet...truffle oil (don't mind it but don't go nuts over it like some folks do)...I'm also growing apart from avocado, just doesn't thrill me currently...and cake, in general. It's usually too dry for me. I only crave sweets once in a while.

                                                                                                                                As far as sriracha and other hot sauces go, yes, I'm someone who uses them frequently and loves them. Stinky cheese, yes. Wine and alcohol in general, oh God yes. haha. And donuts and cheesecake are probably my favorite "sweets".

                                                                                                                                To each his own!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Meowzerz

                                                                                                                                  I'm not big on cake, either. I don't dislike it, but it's just kind of boring. For my whole life, my birthday "cake" has been Jello cake. Not the kind where you poke holes in real cake and pour Jello over it, but a pan full of Jello mixed with fruit (usually berries) and topped with whipped cream. I don't eat much Jello except on my birthday, though.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: juster

                                                                                                                                    I don't really enjoy cake either and the frosting always goes to the highest bidder. I've never liked it but made a lot of friends in school offering my frosting.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                      Ugh, that frosting on like supermarket-office-party cakes is the worst! Way too sweet, weird texture. Buttercream can be nice, and that crackly stuff they put on eclairs.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: juster

                                                                                                                                        Yes, you are speaking of frankenfood vs. real food.

                                                                                                                                        That supermarket (and most bakery, to be real) stuff is a hideous concoction of shortenings, supersugars, artificial flavors, colors, and stabilizers/texturizers. It is disgusting.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: juster

                                                                                                                                          I think you hit the nail on the head. I generally don't like cake, but in reality I'm usually offered the supermarket-office-party crap. It's awful. A well made cake on the other hand can be a thing of beauty

                                                                                                                                    1. For me the biggest one is Coffee. There are other things that many other people aren't fond of. And I know I'm not the only person in the US who doesn't drink coffee. But I just can't abide the bitterness. If only coffee tasted as rich, as luxurious, as full bodied as it smells. And I've had really really good coffee. But for me it all tastes the same, be it instant powder, freeze dried, percolator, coffee press, coffee maker, cheap stuff they sell from machines to the finest kona blend at a 5 star restaurant - all i taste is bitter. bitter bitter bitter.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                        Same! It smells wonderful; cannot stand the taste. Even in things like coffe ice cream. It ruins everything it touches, for me.

                                                                                                                                      2. For me wine or beer is an essential part of most meals, or at least the meals in where the aim is to have a gastronomic experience. Due to the complex nature these beverages receives via fermentation they can be as nuanced and sublime as any dish prepared and if properly paired increases the flavour sensation of the food. I am therefore a bit curious with what the people not drinking wine or beer to a meal drinks to it? Water, I understand, as it doesn't contrast with what's on the plate, but it doesn't add anything either. Tea is a good option to some, mostly Japanese dishes, but aside from that? Please indulge me as I am very interested in finding good non alcoholic beverages that adds to the experience.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                            And you don't find the sweetness in the soda to clash with the food?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JosefK

                                                                                                                                              No, I don't find Diet Coke to be sweet.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                Oh, my...it tastes WAY over the top sweet to me!!!! Super super super sweet!! Salty, too!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                              I forgot all sodas - poison. Also try really hard to avoid processed foods, not an easy task. They're poison too.

                                                                                                                                            3. re: JosefK

                                                                                                                                              Actually, JosefK, I drank wine with every meal for a very long time. Recently, hubby had a health crisis that has caused us to stop drinking alcohol. I am surprised by some of the things that are different for me as a result.

                                                                                                                                              One thing I have noticed is that food has more taste; more nuance. I can taste it more! Who wudda thunk????

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                Milk? Eeew! No way. Not since I was a child. It's almond milk for me, on my very rare cereal days. Or orange juice. Its not a bad combo!

                                                                                                                                                I was exposed to all sorts of alcoholic drinks as a child. My dad always gave me a sip of whatever he was having. Didn't like it then, nor now. Always had tons of booze n the house from gifts etc. Tried them all, still no dice. Once went out with a guy who, upon learning that I don't like alcohol, promptly said I wasn't cool enough and didn't want to see me again. Tat's ok. He had BO and I would have dumped him, anyway! :-D

                                                                                                                                                Cooked carrots. Love 'em raw. Fibe if mixed into something. But just plain, cooked or canned carrots? Nope,

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                  I do enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice, but I just want that by itself. For me it is far too sweet to combine with food. Haven't actually tasted almond milk, but since I'm not a big fan of milk I suppose it will probably not be an anlternative for me.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: JosefK

                                                                                                                                                I do drink alcohol, but most of the time it's water or milk (skim; I've never liked the other kinds). Milk is my favorite beverage ever. There was a lot of milk-hating upthread. To each his own, but I think it goes great with almost everything, including spaghetti. Maybe not Japanese food. Skim milk does have a less-strong/sour flavor, so that might be part of it.

                                                                                                                                              3. Chocolate. I've tried chocolate from all over the world (everyone seems to think they'll be the one to sway me...) Nope, I just don't like it.

                                                                                                                                                Pork. With the exception of the occasional bit of cured pork (one particular kind of bacon, prosciutto and some salami,) it tastes bad to me. Bad like rotten, "White meat" pork tastes rancid to me.

                                                                                                                                                I try to like watermelon every year but don't, it's not a problem if it's in something, it just isn't something I would choose to eat.

                                                                                                                                                1. For me (and for my wife), few meals are complete, without a great wine to compliment the food, and ideally, food to compliment the wine.

                                                                                                                                                  Other than most (but not all) breakfasts, we have wine with nearly every meal.

                                                                                                                                                  Sorry that you do not enjoy wine with your food. Maybe I could say, "well, more for me/us," but with the enjoyment factor, I will refrain from doing so.


                                                                                                                                                  PS - now, avocado is not high on my list, BUT I have had some, that was very good, so not a total boycott.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Mayonnaise mixed with fruit and cooked raisins, though the latter I just DEAL with because I like bread pudding and some pies.

                                                                                                                                                    Oh, but on the same plane as the former, candied fruits, such as those in a panettone. Black licorice and apple cider, but that's because I really can't eat them anymore.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Beets. Raw tomatoes. Any licorice flavor stronger than fennel seeds. Bell peppers, raw or cooked. Liver.

                                                                                                                                                      No booze for 13 years, for reasons that can be guessed at. Milk is disgusting on its own.

                                                                                                                                                      Other than that, bring it on.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: engie

                                                                                                                                                          Too bad. Tarragon is great with lemon juice on broiled chicken.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                              tarragon, licorice, fennel it's all kind of the same to me

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: engie

                                                                                                                                                                I hate licorice, and I get that tarragon and fennel taste like it, but I like them anyway. Maybe they're just not as strong. One of our favorite veggies (he a licorice hater, too) is grape tomatoes sauteed in olive oil with a lot of dried tarragon, till some of them burst and ooze out to make a little sauce...

                                                                                                                                                        2. I don't like wine or beer, either. :< I actually am not a big alcohol drinker at all. Anything higher than 5% alcohol sets off my gag reflex. Always hated cough syrup to the point of gagging and spitting it out as a kid, and as an adult when I realized its ingredient list, everything suddenly made sense.

                                                                                                                                                          I can handle spirits, only when very well mixed in a drink. A strawberry daiquiri is as boozy as I let things get.

                                                                                                                                                          I will admit, though—I am a fan of those really awful malt beverage wine cooler-type deals, and I am a big fan of hard cider. Beer, despite having the same amount of alcohol, just doesn't appeal to me, flavor-wise.

                                                                                                                                                          I don't like olives, either. I'm really sad, because olive bars in grocery stores look so damned appealing. The variety of colors and shapes offers a feast for the eyes, but the briney bitterness has never really jived with me. I like kimchi and other various pickles, so maybe I need to try a good olive again? It HAS been a while...

                                                                                                                                                          Pretty much any other food is fair game, though. ;)

                                                                                                                                                          1. The big one I don't like that most others do is pancakes. It's the texture, not the taste. They make me feel gaggy. However, when I was maybe six, and already didn't like pancakes, I was in a pancake-eating contest (how fast, not how many), and I won :) My mom says there was some boxed kind I liked, but I don't remember that. I looooove Swedish pancakes, and crepes are good, too.

                                                                                                                                                            My food tastes are changing. I used to dislike raw mushrooms, any cauliflower, potato salad, chicken salad, egg salad, and dill, but I've started eating them (even making them and seeking them out) in the past couple years. Yay for me! All I can think of that's left on my list is pancakes and liver. There might be more. Oh, licorice, but that doesn't really fit the OT, because I think more people don't like it than do.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Water.I drink it because you have to.My sister says the same.And bottled water to me is B.S.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                                I used to not like water, a long time ago, but then I found that it was better with a straw, and then a narrow-mouthed bottle, and now I like it from any vessel.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone who says bottled water is B.S. either a) has few tastebuds, or b) the great fortune to have excellent tap water.

                                                                                                                                                                  Where I live the tap water is atrocious - we have to filter our shower water if we don't want sticky hair (and this is with a water softener having a go at it first).

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                    Whenever I turned the tap on in Jakarta, an oil slick appeared. Can't say I was a fan of bottled water either (given that refilling bottles has happened), but what choice was there. I guess, chancing a container of "Aqua," a local brand, or getting something from a foreign goods supermarket.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                      My tap water is horrible as well. It has a very high chlorine content and is hard as well. When we travel, I am always amazed when my hair and skin feels so good after bathing in normal water.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                                                                                        Look into a chlorine removing shower filter. I've been meaning to get one. Sadly I prefer baths really.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                      I remember you complaining about your water a few months ago. I still cannot believe there is a municipality in the Twin Cities with water as bad as yours. (Actually, I do believe you, I'm just amazed that it happens.)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                          I have brother who has a well (NW Mn) and the water actually smells bad. The water is so hard you can even smell the iron odor.

                                                                                                                                                                          While we do not have a well at our cabin just south of the Iron Range, we have a neighbor who has an artesian well with excellent water.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                            The only smell in ours is extreme chlorine. I don't know what's in it that makes our hair sticky. It doesn't taste very good.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                                      emglow, could you elaborate on the dislike of water? My late father hated water (lifelong, or as long as I knew him), and it was a trial to keep him hydrated. The funny thing for me is that the water on my parents' property was superb - very clean and minerally (hard, so it was lousy for ice cubes), and some of the best water I have ever tasted. I personally struggled to understand my dad's water-averseness and since he could never articulate the *why,* I am curious.

                                                                                                                                                                      I do understand bottled water likes. My inner-metro area water is very good, but some of the outlying areas have horrible water, and I prefer bottled in such locales.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                        I really don't know why. It just doesn't do that much for me.It's not that I hate it. My sister is likewise. We do have good water in our community.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                                          Fair enough. Oddly, my dad did actually *hate* water. I can understand the not-doin'-so-so-much-for-ya that you feel.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                                        DING! DING! DING!
                                                                                                                                                                        I think we have a winner. Never in a million years would I imagine that someone doesn't like water. I've heard people say they don't like tap water, or this or that bottled water, but never just water in general. Interesting, I won't soon forget that.

                                                                                                                                                                        For what it's worth, I read on some heath forum that the notion that we need 8 glasses of water a day is untrue. It went on to say that a healthy person who eats a healthy diet will get all the fluid they need from the foods they eat.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: engie

                                                                                                                                                                          The moisture content of the daily diet has to equal about 2-3 liters of water a day, depending upon body size. That's about how much we excrete through sweat and wastes, and use in digestion and cellular energy formation; if not engaging in exercise. Add in exercise, high air temperatures, etc. and you need more to equal replacement on losses.

                                                                                                                                                                          The average moisture content in food comes out to around 20% of that daily water intake. The rest has to come from beverages/liquids consumed.

                                                                                                                                                                          Highly processed and fast food may contain a much lower water content than home prepared foods. This is because many of the ingredients are prepared ahead of time and low water content prevents spoilage.

                                                                                                                                                                          Ever see those articles about 10 year old McDonalds hamburgers and how they look the same and don't rot? It's because of the extremely low water content.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you. People should not spread that nonsense about not needing to drink water to be healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                              You don't need to drink water to be healthy. Just any beverage that contains water. Soda, juice, beer... although alcohol is a diuretic. If you eat a diet high in fruit you can get much of the fluids you need.

                                                                                                                                                                              The "8 glasses of water a day" includes all water in foods and beverages. And that is 8 oz. glasses, so a total of 2 quarts a day from all sources. That 8 glasses thing was from back in the 1940's. Present day dr.'s say that 1 quart a day is all you actually need if you are just sitting around. Food can actually supply all of that.

                                                                                                                                                                              The folks who are chugging water all day are in many cases actually drinking too much water. One of the biggest health problems in the past decade or so is hyponatremia. Especially exertional hyponatremia. National and State park employees see people who are fully hydrated keeling over on hikes because they actually drank too much water.

                                                                                                                                                                              One cause of hyponatremia is drinking too much water and washing out all the sodium/electrolytes in the system. The second is people who do not have sodium related health problems not eating enough salt.

                                                                                                                                                                              I worked in the wilderness for many years and knew this was an issue. I just don't like too much salty foods so I don't get enough salt in my diet. I have to eat salt on a regular basis when hiking, etc. because I have a tendency to get hyponatremia. I had my first serious case with it around 20 years ago when I was doing a speed /distance hike in the Grand Canyon. 30 miles in one day, with large elevations gains and losses, in high and low temps. I was drinking tons of water, and sweating like crazy. Next thing I knew I got very ill, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, insane headache, hallucinations, etc. Then passed out. I almost died and had to be air evacced out by chopper. All from drinking too much water, and not enough salt.

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, and when I said earlier, "One of the biggest health problems in the past decade or so" one of the others is Vitamin D deficiency. We are all so scared of skin cancer that many folks do not get even the 30 minutes a day of sun that provides our daily Vitamin D, and with all the supposed "Lactose Intolerant" folks who don't drink milk, who then don't get Vit. D from that source either.

                                                                                                                                                                              I found out the hard way about this as well. One of the symptoms of severe Vit. D deficiency is development or worsening of arthritis. Two years ago my arthritis got so bad I was bed ridden until my doc did some blood tests and put me on mega doses for a few months. I got 90% better in two weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                I understand that what you wrote is correct. I was not born with this knowledge, I learned it.
                                                                                                                                                                                I drink a lot of water. I have a high tolerance for salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                "One cause of hyponatremia is drinking too much water and washing out all the sodium/electrolytes in the system. The second is people who do not have sodium related health problems not eating enough salt."


                                                                                                                                                                      3. I can't stand bananas. Every few years I'll give it another shot to see if I've grown into them, but nope. Even the smell makes me kind of sick. I can sometimes handle them mashed into baked goods, but not often.

                                                                                                                                                                        That's the only food I really really refuse to eat out of pure dislike. I prefer some things more than others, but I don't dislike anything else.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jmarya

                                                                                                                                                                          While I am OK with bananas, and love them in baked goods, I can understand not liking them. I wouldn't want to eat them every day, by any means. They're so...rich, and strong, and sweet, and...banana-y - just over the top.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jmarya

                                                                                                                                                                            I don't hate bananas, but can only stand them in small quantities. Banana bread is great and a banana eaten straight up is probably a once or twice a year occasion for me. However, I can't stand banana when added to things like smoothies or fruit salads which have other fruits as well but the banana seems to just take over.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                              I am in EXACT accordance with you here....well put!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                I love bananas, particularly cooked in desserts, but I've known a lot of people who don't like them, including my sister. Often it seems to be about the texture in particular.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hlk

                                                                                                                                                                                  They are just so rich and sweet and overpowering in flavor. I DO like them...I just don't want them often or in quantity, as they can be overwhelming. As I said, I LOVE banana bread. And as mentioned above, they completely overtake any smoothie or fruit salad that they are included in, to bad effect.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: jmarya

                                                                                                                                                                              There's a lot of bananas I don't like. Dole ones are awful - dry. Our Co-Op sells some nice organic ones that I like, though. My mom buys Dole organic bananas and I still don't like them.

                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of bananas, though -- I can't stand banana pudding. It's the most disgusting use of banana flavour ever. Ditto for banana cream pie.

                                                                                                                                                                            3. i am not a fan of foie gras - just something that I don't think tastes really good unless done well i suppose. I also don't like abalone at all.

                                                                                                                                                                              Ricky L

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Cilantro, scallions, cucumbers, KALE(YUCK)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, funny! I love cucumbers, and only marginally tolerate pickles!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                      Anything pickled? Sour, spicy and/or sweet?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                                        Such vast amounts of vinegar and sugar just blast me, they taste so STRONG! I like them fairly well, they just taste like too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't mind cucumbers, except when cucumber juice is used in a cocktail. Gag! It was a trend in fine cocktail bars a few years ago and I hated it.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Beer
                                                                                                                                                                                    most dried beans
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheese cake
                                                                                                                                                                                    canned peas
                                                                                                                                                                                    Calves liver

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I don't like beer or wine either, but I LOVE vodka!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Brie
                                                                                                                                                                                        Blue cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                        That's it! I'll eat everything else :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll trade you ALL of my Eggplant (you may do, what you wish with it), if I can have your Brie and especially the Bleu Cheeses.


                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I finally got to try macarons, after years of hearing about them. I found them underwhelming--ok, and edible, let's say, but nothing special.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Honey - I can do small amounts but anything more than that and I am guaranteed to dislike it whatever it's added to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't like plain honey on anything but I use it all the time in various marinades, sauces, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I forgot honey. What a sad thing to so to an otherwise wonderful mustard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Indeed!! SO loves honey mustard. When we eat in the family room with something dip-able and sauces spread out on the table he seems to forget the real mustard. In my greedy haste to eat, I inevitably dive into the sad excuse for mustard which always results in some over-the-top reaction. I'm pretty sure he does this on purpose to watch my repulsed face :) He can drink the stuff, always baffled the mind. Although I am quite thrilled that ever since I discovered how to make mustard a few weeks ago, he now has joined in the fun and has been making all sorts of honey mustard. It's fine with me as long as they are well labeled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ugh. Don't play switcharoo with my mustard. I should try making mustard and sauces. Its pretty ambitious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Oh, this one's easy for me - I really dislike beer! No matter how many brands I try, I just don't like it and can't make myself like it either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Cantaloupe, has a very strange and unpleasant taste to me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Honeydew is almost as awful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SimonSaysWoof

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can do cantaloupe if I have to, honeydew is a no go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SimonSaysWoof

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah...I've never been crazy about melon. I can eat it if it's put in front of me, but I never seek it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Cows milk (as a drink)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alcohol (as a beverage, can deal with it as an ingredient - ex: baking)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Heat above mild (hot sauce, jalapenos, etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Avocado (love/hate relationship - rarely I crave them, but most days the taste alone invokes gag reflex, I cannot explain it)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tovflu

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have love/hate with avocados too. Some days it's all I want and delicious, most days it doesn't do it for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I like just about everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Except.. hard boiled eggs. Can't stand the taste, the texture.. I don't even like looking at them. I LOVE eggs prepared nearly any other way.. but I'd rather eat them raw than hard-boiled. If there's a potato salad with hard boiled eggs in it, I won't eat it. And forget egg salad.. can't even be in the same room with that stuff.. can't stand the smell!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MarlboroMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can eat them, but I also prefer them prepared just about every other way, since they tend to be overcooked to the point that the yolks are very dry and emit a somewhat sulfurous odor. Eggs that are fried, poached, soft-boiled, etc. are so much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MarlboroMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am so with you on hard boiled eggs. Can't stand the look, the smell, the texture. I hate it when I order a salad and it comes with hard boiled egg, even if it is just on the side of the plate (forget about if it's crumbled up!). I hate when my husband eats them because it stinks up my kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do, however, love omelettes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MarlboroMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hate hard-boiled eggs. I don't much like eggs prepared other ways (though I'll eat eggs for breakfast once every 1-2 months or so), but I particularly dislike hard-boiled eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. "vanilla"


                                                                                                                                                                                                                anything that smells or tastes of fake "vanilla".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vile, Vile, VILE stuff. and it's in MANY things!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll rarely order any pancakes anywhere because no matter what they are marketed as on a menu, it has a Heavy dose of fake "vanilla".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                the real stuff is great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you know that "natural vanilla" and "vanilla flavor" aren't vanilla? A dirty little secret of the "food" industry (one among many, I'm sure).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yep. i gag at the smell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i even gag at the smell of those awful "vanilla" candles. I have been on the verge of puking several times at the stench of that Vile odor. disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The "real stuff" I mentioned is vanilla beans. I can deal with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it is. I used to bother to make my own. I enjoyed it all by myself. no one around me was able to appreciate it. they couldn't seem to tell the difference between the real stuff and the vile artificial chemical shit bomb in smell or taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Chicken on pizza. That's just not right .Puke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I grabbed a slice of pizza at my local place yesterday and saw that they had sesame chicken pizza. I cringed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        my trips to SF usually include eating "Indian pizza" which is Indian cuisine on a pizza. I understand this is also found in london.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        locally, NYC suburbs, any sautéed Italian dish on a pizza is common. Chicken Marsala with mushrooms in sauce comes to mind as one of the no-no pizza slices... and buffalo chicken pizza is wildly popular....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gastronomos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Same local place has chicken marsala pizza with mushrooms, also buffalo chicken, and a few others. They just don't attract me. But I will try them one day... eventually. I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Sun dried tomatoes - love tomatoes in most other forms, but it's hard for me to get into sun dried for some reason

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ick, I wish I could figure out what it is about them that I don't like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For me it is the texture. Eeekkkk. Hate it. The taste is just meh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Goat cheese...Every one I've tried made me think I was standing downwind of a wet goat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Cake and frosting. I'll eat the cake if it's soft like sponge/chiffon and if the middle frosting layer has fruit. Otherwise I've always scraped off the frosting and largely avoid cake in general. I do like baking it, though. And whipped cream is fine but most cakes are frosted with ???? Hydrogenated something

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But if cake is a layer, like in chocolate mousse cake, I'll eat it. I just don't like tons of cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I HATE red velvet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Mint, any form or flavor of it, even the scent, is repulsive. Have no problem with any other herb or spice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I like cheese (even the potent or stinky cheeses). But I don't like goopy molten cheese. So I'm grossed out by all the ads (e.g. pizza chains) that show goopy cheese being stretched out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I'm not a fan of jarred pasta sauces or celery. Ketchup, though I find revolting. The look, the smell, and the taste. Even the smell makes me gag. It's bad- my family calls it my ketchup phobia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Macarons. Everyone else I know seems to be crazy about them, but I just don't get the hype. They taste like straight sugar to me, and the texture does nothing for me. And I know I've had quality ones, as I sampled several in Paris and Brittany recently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. hee hee hee - the replies are cracking me up


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    napoli (cactus) and okra - the slimy texture is beyond disgusting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    super oily fish, mackerel, sardines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    figs (seeds in my teeth drive me bonkers, plus they have a gritty texture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anything where there is a threat of grit, sadly oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    not fond of tart or acidic foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    not fond of hot food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raw green peppers (love red, yellow, and orange)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jicama - taste like wet caulk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sadly most citrus fruits strike me as sour - this from someone who avoids sugar, and sweeteners (natural & artificial)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I'm lucky, for the most part, I like most foods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: engie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hot food? as in spicy, or as in temperature?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I'm weird about milk. Once in a 5-year span I might crave an ice-cold glass of whole milk to dip cookies in. Otherwise, I don't drink it - unless it is hot chocolate. I put half & half on my cereal and in my coffee, and I like cream soups, but a glass of milk usually doesn't appeal to me at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kale. Everyone loves kale but me, it seems. I like cabbage, and brussels sprouts, but kale leaves me cold. It's somehow not tender enough for me no matter how you fix it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love a good liver pate, but I've tried liver 'n onions time and time again, and it just grosses me out. The strange thing is that I don't think it's the texture. Not that everyone likes liver - but it just seems that everyone who likes pate also likes liver... except me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not a huge fan of Parmesan or Romano, and it's definitely a scent thing - but I love stinky bleu cheeses. I do not like Mizithra at all. Not really a fan of spicy cheeses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I pretty much like everything, but I do have those few quirks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I can't stomach even the thought of basil anymore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This past summer, I was served an experimental "basil ice cream" by a family member... and it was pretty much pure basil in frozen chunks. I ate a few bites to be polite, especially because the rest of the meal had been fantastic!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It came right back up the next morning, those same darn basil chunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm hoping this phase passes though. I used to love basil!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am similar, I used to love it but now for some reason can only tolerate it in pesto which seems odd to me as that's pretty much straight up basil but when added to recipes it leaves an awful taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Another strange dislike or so I've been told - I don't like the thin skin around the edge of deli meats so always waste my time pulling it off like a ball of string.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I truly, deeply dislike beer...all beer, all brands. I've tried to like it, but just can't, and my daughter thinks I'm a nut case. To me it tastes like the smell of a skunk! Don't even like it baked into biscuits or other foods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FoodWacky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That skunk smell/taste is from poorly stored beer. There is an enzyme reaction that occurs when beer is exposed to ultra-violet light. As little as 30 seconds of bright sunlight will cause that "skunked" aroma/flavor. As will a few days under fluorescent lights. The actual technical term is called "light-struck."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But even in fresh, well kept beer, you may taste a skunk flavor. And in this case it is from the hops, which may have that flavor. It's just that most people can't discern it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Like a number of others here, I also dislike milk as anything other than an ingredient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My #1 dislike is egg. I cannot stand the smell of them cooking in any manner, never mind actually eating one (rumor has it I sampled one as a child and immediately hurled). If it's buried deep in a baked good, it's OK, but if the dough is a very eggy-ish dough (Mom recently made a popover that fit this description) I'll gag on one bite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It did nothing to improve my attitude toward eggs when I recently cracked one open only to find a black yolk. You could probably hear me scream for blocks; it's one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm probably not unusual to dislike sea cucumber. It's the texture more than the taste. Otherwise I will eat anything I've come across, but I couldn't/wouldn't eat insects if they showed up on my plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I cannot stand beer, cigarettes, or (until recently) coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do like wine and scotch, the occasional cigar and real coffee (since I turned 30 anyhow)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A palate develops over time sometimes it develops toward a food, sometimes away.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sometimes like me with coffee it can develop toward a food it's not in the habit of trying. So never let preconceptions get in the way of you trying something every couple of years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's nothing wrong with not liking these foods, I hate packet parmesan, but solid cheese is great, I dislike cottage cheese, but enjoy ricotta.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, my best quirk is disliking anything chocolate flavoured, but loving chocolate, and things with chocolate in them! I know, I'm weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I don't drink wine because the stuff my wife buys is too dry and tastes sour to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe you could tell us what you DO like?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChiliDude

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love dry white wine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I very much dislike sour wine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The two don't always go hand in hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Dislikes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sweets (candy, ice cream, cake, cookies, donuts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dairy (milk, cheese - except parmigiano reggiano and camembert on good crusty bread)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most fruit (I just like bananas and berries and apples when they are cooked)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pizza (I make it a lot because my kids and husband love it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Butter, mayo, shortening

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love lettuce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love crusty bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love pasta (homemade) with tomato sauce and couscous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like most vegetables (especially eggplant)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like soups, salads, some meat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Great thread BTW Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. For me I've never liked chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream or brownies. Weird aftertaste. I like chocolate bars though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Boiled/steamed cauliflower. I love it roasted but boiled ewww.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Orange juice/peel in cranberry sauce. Watermelon grosses me out too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Swiss cheese is another but that is something I'm working on :) I adore cheese and I am trying to find a swiss I like. It's a journey after all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I grew up with family & friends who loved pizza, but I thought the way it looked & smelled was disgusting. I never tried a bite till I was nearly 30. I've changed my mind after eating it. It's good... very good in fact. Right now about the only thing I won't eat is sandwich wraps & burritos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I am one of those people who hates hot/spicy foods. I don't enjoy a 5 alarm fire going on in my mouth. That's not eating pleasure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do love parmesan cheese though. Romano too. Can't stand blue cheese or gorgonzola.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I don't care for alcohol period.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Here count me as one. I absolutely fear alcoholic drink except for the rice wine my grandparents used to have :) Beer smells and tastes like pee to me, no matter how many times I tried and how "good" it supposed to b...I don't like the texture of meat. Absolutely hate milk (almond, diary, rice, soy you name it...). I swear the entire bread aisle in my local grocery store stinks!!! so gross. I don't like cheese, butter or chocolate they have a very greasy aftertaste in my throat and I feel like being choked by a lump of grease. I could eat small amount of icing but not the cake stuff. Avocado is the worst food ever. period.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      However, I absolutely adore hot sauce. I love the feeling of numbness and so-spicy-that-I-almost-pass-out dizziness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That being said, my food habit is far from normal. I either eat the most bland cereal (it's supposed to be added in baking goods), or gobbling down bags and bags of marshmallow and pure cane sugar. For some reason apple, banana, pear, peach, grapes make me gag and "heat", but oranges oh my goodness citrus are my downfall haha.