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Sep 29, 2013 09:45 PM

Am I the only one who doesn't like...?

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

                        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


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                                              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!!!!!!!!!!!!!