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chompie Nov 19, 2013 09:16 AM

Never had/don't care to: Spam
Foie Gras
Underwood Deviled Ham

Never had/Would like to try :Truffles
Some sort of Mollecular Gastronomy creation
New Orleans beignet

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    thedryer Nov 19, 2013 09:30 AM

    Never tried/never will:
    Shrimp/seafood
    Deviled eggs
    Black/white blood pudding

    Never had/would like to try:
    Chicken & waffles
    Authentic Chicago deepdish pizza
    Homemade peach pie

    Fun thread!

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    1. re: thedryer
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      chompie Nov 19, 2013 09:33 AM

      thanks! You thought of good ones! Agree on blood pud! and peach pie and chix and waffles but I'd have to use veggie chix...

      1. re: thedryer
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        ellabee Nov 20, 2013 10:47 AM

        There are a lot of ways to do deviled eggs. What is it about them that makes you unwilling to try one?

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          Isolda Nov 21, 2013 12:28 PM

          Had blood pudding in France. No one warned me that there would be chunks of bone and gristle in it. Nearly gagged.

        2. Perilagu Khan Nov 19, 2013 09:46 AM

          Never Tried/Never Will

          1. Headcheese
          2. Octopus
          3. Jellyfish

          Never Had/Would Like to Try

          1. Chicken and waffles
          2. Artichokes with lemon vinaigrette
          3. Sautéed morels in just about any application

          1 Reply
          1. re: Perilagu Khan
            chefathome Nov 19, 2013 03:05 PM

            I have tried and love octopus. Dislike headcheese and jellyfish.

          2. tcamp Nov 19, 2013 09:58 AM

            Never tried/no plans to try:
            Headcheese/brains of any sort
            Live frogs
            Casu marzu

            Would like to try:
            Huitlacoche
            Truffles (not oil)
            Roast goose

            Wish I could untry:
            Cotton candy

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            1. re: tcamp
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              ellabee Nov 20, 2013 10:45 AM

              Roast goose is delicious, and pretty easy. We did it for Christmas a few years ago, elevating it on thick rounds of apple, potato, and onion in the roasting pan to allow room for the rendered fat, and with a five-spice rub. If you have some (home-cooked or otherwise), accompany with a nice Riesling.

              I made rillettes after, which helped stretch the enjoyment and results per $ -- it was a local, pasture-raised bird and pricey.

              Cotton candy is so great for that first bite, or two. Then -- yeah, you want to rewind time to before you bought it.

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              kagemusha49 Nov 19, 2013 10:18 AM

              Never had/don't care to

              Live monkey brains
              1000 year old egg
              whale

              Never had/want to try

              Fugu
              feijoada
              yabbies

              1. Ttrockwood Nov 19, 2013 02:43 PM

                Have never/won't ever eat:
                - any offal
                - fermented fish
                - haggis

                Haven't yet and want to:

                - a glass of petrus from the year of my birthday
                - sicilian pistachio gelato
                - a goat cheese i don't hate

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                1. re: Ttrockwood
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                  BuildingMyBento Nov 19, 2013 03:21 PM

                  Good call on the pistachio gelato. Would you eat it with brioche?

                  1. re: BuildingMyBento
                    chefathome Nov 19, 2013 03:34 PM

                    We had it in Sicily in brioche. Worth the flight from Canada it is so good.

                    1. re: BuildingMyBento
                      Ttrockwood Nov 19, 2013 05:24 PM

                      Assuming said brioche had the pistachios, absolutly! (Glass of wine in my other hand...)

                      1. re: BuildingMyBento
                        EWSflash Nov 19, 2013 06:39 PM

                        yOU DIDN'T ASK ME, BUT I'D EAT IT ANYWHERE, WITH ANYTHING. Oh sorry, caps lock. Pistachio gelato sounds like heaven on earth. I'm probably teh only person in the western world who's never had gelato.

                      2. re: Ttrockwood
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                        kagemusha49 Nov 19, 2013 08:23 PM

                        No offal? You're missing out on an awful lot of good stuff.

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                          Ttrockwood Nov 19, 2013 11:47 PM

                          Hahaha.... I am (ducking to avoid blows to my head) a vegetarian- gasp! Actually for more than 25yrs now..... Just not gonna happen :)

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                            ferret Nov 20, 2013 07:25 AM

                            Well then your list of "won'ts" could be infinite.

                            1. re: ferret
                              globocity Nov 20, 2013 11:28 AM

                              So my interpretation of the "won't" is a food that is prohibitive because of taste/texture/appearance. Not that it is a food I can not eat due to health reasons or diet (like meat for a Vegetarian/Vegan.) Am I reading this wrong?

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                                ferret Nov 20, 2013 11:44 AM

                                That's how I read it. There are obviously people for whom entire categories are off the radar based on belief systems. Hard to forego what you've already written off.

                      3. Lapetitegastronome Nov 19, 2013 02:54 PM

                        never tried/don't want to:
                        Balut
                        Casu Marz (maggot cheese)
                        blood pudding

                        never tried/ want to:
                        real (sturgeon) caviar
                        crawfish
                        100 yr old balsamic vinegar

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                        1. re: Lapetitegastronome
                          chefathome Nov 19, 2013 03:02 PM

                          Your first list is precisely the same as mine.

                          ETA: did try blood pudding in Scotland. Not terrible!

                          Have traveled a lot and have tried many things including buying 50-year old aceto balsamico tradizionale de Modena. Not 100 years old but still. Divine.

                          Must think about the three things I am itching to try and post.

                          1. re: chefathome
                            Lapetitegastronome Nov 19, 2013 03:09 PM

                            I have tried the 20 and the 50 year, and as you say, they were both delicious. I traveled a lot growing up so isn't a lot I wouldn't try, and I have tried a lot as well, but common as it is, crawfish never seemed to come across the table...

                            1. re: Lapetitegastronome
                              chefathome Nov 19, 2013 03:12 PM

                              That is interesting. Like you, I have had lots of "exotic" stuff but crawfish only once. Loved it! I would like to have it again. I'm with you on the 100-year-old balsamic!! Can you imagine??

                            2. re: chefathome
                              EWSflash Nov 19, 2013 06:42 PM

                              would you give us your assesment of the aceto balsamico? A review?

                              1. re: EWSflash
                                chefathome Nov 19, 2013 07:34 PM

                                Yes, if you like. We travel regularly to our home in Croatia which is 45 minutes from Italy. Also take the ferry to Venice for fun. We have great access. Anyway, the balsamic is expensive but the pure deliciousness makes us weak in the knees so it is worth it to us. That and truffles are our luxury indulgences.

                                The balsamic is as thick as a thin syrup so it coats whatever it touches. The flavour is intense and concentrated - a few drops go a long way. It is very rich and tastes aged, if you know what I mean. We love to have it on ice cream but better yet the classic strawberries with freshly-ground black pepper. Also good on cubed watermelon.

                                It is sweet, slightly tart and puckery at the same time. It is one of those things when you try it, your eyes involuntarily close and you savour it slowly. I literally lick the strawberry bowl clean. Sounds selfish but we only serve it to foodist friends as others just would not "get" it.

                            3. re: Lapetitegastronome
                              tcamp Nov 19, 2013 03:12 PM

                              the cheese is on my list too. I love almost every type of cheese - who in the h**l thought up that one??

                              1. re: Lapetitegastronome
                                Ttrockwood Nov 19, 2013 05:30 PM

                                It looks like you're in canada? Aquavit in nyc has a special "crawfish festival" in august if you find yourself in nyc its really delicious.... Last year's menu here with recap:
                                http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...

                              2. hill food Nov 19, 2013 03:21 PM

                                never/never:
                                maybe balut (I have smelled an opened one and I do like preserved salted duck eggs - just no semiformed bird inside)

                                never but would:
                                chitlins
                                boudin, either blanc or noir
                                fugu

                                well all sorts of things, 3 is too short for this portion of the list.

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                                  BuildingMyBento Nov 19, 2013 03:21 PM

                                  The foods I don't plan to eat have already been digested...

                                  As for the never-hads:

                                  Nutmeg sauce
                                  Ise lobster (if I tried it, it was a long time ago)
                                  Clafoutis (no pits, please)

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                                  1. re: BuildingMyBento
                                    tim irvine Nov 21, 2013 04:48 PM

                                    Clafoutis is a snap to make and rocks in cherry season. They say the puts add a faint almond overtone. I just add a drop of almond extract and put the cherries.

                                  2. LA Buckeye Fan Nov 19, 2013 03:25 PM

                                    Never tried/never will
                                    chitterlings
                                    blowfish
                                    natto

                                    Never tried/would like to try:
                                    Burgoo
                                    Welsh Rarebit
                                    ollieberries

                                    P.S. Chompie, you are really missing out on the Underwood Deviled Ham :)

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                                    1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                                      chefathome Nov 19, 2013 03:35 PM

                                      Welsh Rarebit is a regular at our house. Please do try it - it is insanely good!

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                                        chompie Nov 19, 2013 03:59 PM

                                        LA Buckeye fan, probably true about the UDH.. hubby remembers the deviled corn beef with possible funky fondness and if I ate meat I would go for a taste of it. I am so with you on natto and blowfish..

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                                          Ttrockwood Nov 19, 2013 05:32 PM

                                          My parents have ollaliberries in their backyard in CA! They are most like "marion berries" from oregon

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                                          rainey Nov 19, 2013 03:48 PM

                                          I try to keep an open mind. I wouldn't plan not to try a food. If an opportunity comes up I let my eyes and nose be the final arbiter of what goes in my mouth.

                                          Of the more adventurous things I've tried, I liked huitlacoche very much and enjoy it now when I have a chance to. OTOH, when I tried tongue and sea cucumber they didn't work for me. The texture of both kinda skivvies me out. ::shrug:: Lesson learned.

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                                          1. re: rainey
                                            EWSflash Nov 19, 2013 06:45 PM

                                            My mom used to make tongue once in a while, I like the flavor a lot, but the texture I admit is off-putting. I could get used to it, I think

                                          2. lamb_da_calculus Nov 19, 2013 04:29 PM

                                            Never will - head cheese, anything alive, balut

                                            Someday - truffles, matsutakes, beluga caviar

                                            The Someday list is so expensive not because I just want to eat expensive stuff but because most of the inexpensive stuff I've wanted I've found a way to try.

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                                            1. re: lamb_da_calculus
                                              chefathome Nov 19, 2013 04:42 PM

                                              I have had the things you listed on your Someday list and have to say the truffles trump almost everything I can think of. They are *that* great.

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                                                rainey Nov 19, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                I still have never had a fresh truffle but they must be pretty good to exceed caviar. To my salt-loving mind, if caviar were twice as expensive those little effervescent bursts of salty oceaney goodness would still be worth it.

                                                1. re: rainey
                                                  chefathome Nov 19, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                  In my mind truffles are even better than beluga caviar. But then I have had (and hunted in Europe) white truffles many times and the caviar only once.

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                                              charlesbois Nov 19, 2013 04:31 PM

                                              Never tried never will:
                                              Durian
                                              Quorn
                                              Haggis

                                              Have to think about never tried but want to.

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                                                therealdoctorlew Nov 19, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                Never:
                                                Brain
                                                Durian
                                                Long Pig

                                                Want to:
                                                Truite au bleu
                                                Giant barnacles
                                                Mexican corn smut

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                                                1. re: therealdoctorlew
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                                                  rainey Nov 19, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                  The corn smut AKA huitlacoche is really good! But you gotta check out Steve, Don't Eat It! to fully appreciate it. http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/... ; >

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                                                  Violatp Nov 19, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                  Never have / never will:

                                                  geoduck
                                                  balut
                                                  sea urchin

                                                  Would like to try:

                                                  roasted chestnuts
                                                  lobster (had a Rubio's lobster burrito once, but I don't think that counts)
                                                  real Kobe beef

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                                                  1. re: Violatp
                                                    chefathome Nov 19, 2013 07:36 PM

                                                    You are missing out on the geoduck and sea urchin. Honest. Especially the latter.

                                                    Roasted chestnuts are incredible!

                                                    1. re: chefathome
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                                                      Violatp Nov 19, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                      Oh, that just leaves so much more for you.

                                                      I can't even look at them. I just can't even...

                                                      1. re: Violatp
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                                                        kagemusha49 Nov 19, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                        If you've ever had canned clam chowder you've had geoduck.

                                                        1. re: kagemusha49
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                                                          Violatp Nov 19, 2013 08:34 PM

                                                          Oh, I haven't had that either and I'm not going to. The request was for three items, otherwise regular clams (and their chowders) would have also been on my list!

                                                    2. re: Violatp
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                                                      jbsiegel Nov 20, 2013 04:16 AM

                                                      Oh yes...definitely get some of those roasted chestnuts. Amazing!!!

                                                    3. EWSflash Nov 19, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                      Never had, don't care to-
                                                      *Brains, most offal except for poultry gizzards and the odd braunschweiger
                                                      *Fois gras- sorry, too many reasons not to, although I don't support its ban- mostly
                                                      *Blood sausage or blood anything (too much history in the OR- blood is wonderful stuff but not for food to me)
                                                      *Live anything animal
                                                      *Balut
                                                      *maggot cheese (maggot anything)
                                                      *balut- again
                                                      *tripas de leche (too many mammograms to eat another's udder)
                                                      *Mexican ant eggs, per Rick Bayless- he liked them, I wouldn't, I guarantee, plus- what's it doing for the species, besides decimating them?
                                                      More later- I'm piggybacking on hounds' input

                                                      1. emglow101 Nov 19, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                        Not planning to:
                                                        Nutria
                                                        Chicken hot dogs
                                                        Low fat ice cream
                                                        Want to try:
                                                        Boiled peanuts
                                                        NY. Pizza and bagels
                                                        Texas barbecue

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                                                        1. re: emglow101
                                                          reedux Nov 20, 2013 01:48 AM

                                                          boiled peanuts are crazy easy to make if you can find them in a market. even with just salted water they taste good. for a more southern touch, try a Cajun blend, or old bay.

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                                                            rainey Nov 20, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                            That's interesting because I had heard of boiled peanuts and was curious. When we temporarily moved to FL I found raw peanuts in the market and got some. I read and followed a recipe and got something that was sorta gummy and bland.

                                                            I assumed I just did it wrong. But you describe it as crazy easy. Are they supposed to come out like that?

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                                                          tastesgoodwhatisit Nov 19, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                          My won't eat list is pretty short (I've actually eaten at least 2/3 of the various never try lists)

                                                          - fertilized eggs
                                                          - dishes that involve chopping bits off of live animals
                                                          - night market sushi

                                                          I would like to try

                                                          - insects (not cockroaches, though - those taste disgusting)
                                                          - a fancy tasting menu at a high end restaurant (unlikely with my budget)
                                                          - real southern US BBQ

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                                                          1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit
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                                                            BuildingMyBento Nov 19, 2013 11:08 PM

                                                            I had night market sushi in Yangzhou, China.

                                                            Then, it had me.

                                                            1. re: BuildingMyBento
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                                                              tastesgoodwhatisit Nov 21, 2013 11:53 PM

                                                              Exactly!

                                                              I do reserve a category for "foods that are pretty likely to give me food poisoning or parasites" - I won't eat uncooked blood, for example (but will happily eat chunks of cooked pig's blood).

                                                              I do eat night market food quite happily - but cooked and popular is a useful filter for what parts are a good idea.

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                                                              al b. darned Nov 22, 2013 12:41 AM

                                                              Pardon the ignorance, but what is "night market sushi"?

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                                                              Dirtywextraolives Nov 19, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                              Never have, never will:
                                                              Insects
                                                              Balut
                                                              Chicken Feet

                                                              Never have, will try:
                                                              Monkfish Liver
                                                              Tripe
                                                              Menudo

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                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                TroyTempest Nov 21, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                Of course, when you have the menudo, you will also get tripe off your list

                                                                1. re: TroyTempest
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                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Nov 21, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                  Yes, I realize that, thanks..... We have places here that serve Menudo every weekend, I just haven't gotten up the nerve to try it, as I'm not a huge fan of some offals.....

                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                    TroyTempest Nov 21, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                    I love Menudo, but that is the only place i have had tripe.
                                                                    For me, most of the flavor is in the broth. Some folks have a hard time with the tripe's texture. It can be a little chewy, expecially if not done right.

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                                                                tardigrade Nov 19, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                I'll try just about anything once, so my Will Not Eat list is limited to food that moves:

                                                                Casu Marzu
                                                                Wriggling Octopus/Squid
                                                                Live Wichety grubs

                                                                What I'd like to try? I've done a lot of the exotics, like grasshoppers, various organ meats, or I can find them locally. Of course, there are a lot of things don't even know about! My current list:

                                                                Enough fresh truffles and huitlacoche at the same time to see if they really do taste similar
                                                                Jumiles: I know places in the Bay Area that serve chapulinas, but not stink bugs
                                                                The tripe sandwiches at the Central Market in Florence because they were out when I was there

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                                                                  Worldwide Diner Nov 19, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                                  I've had small scorpions but I've never had insects the size of a tarantula. Not sure that I would ever try some bug that big. Otherwise, there's nothing that I'm averse to. I've had all sorts of offal - blood, brain, feet, stomach, intestine, kidney, liver, glands, tails, hooves, crowns, hearts - does any culture eat lungs? I've had every sort of seafood other than fugu - it's available but I haven't sought it out yet.

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                                                                    tardigrade Nov 19, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                    Lungs are a traditional ingredient in haggis (which I've had, more than once: the one in Scotland reminded me of Dirty Rice, except with sheep parts instead of chicken innards, and oats instead of rice).

                                                                    1. re: tardigrade
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                                                                      Worldwide Diner Nov 19, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                                      I've had haggis, although I don't know if the version I had had lungs. Thanks for that info. Does anyone else eat lungs?

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                                                                    FoodPopulist Nov 19, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                                    I would like to sample:
                                                                    lardo
                                                                    dog meat
                                                                    Bread sauce (English)

                                                                    I have no interest in trying:
                                                                    Scotch egg
                                                                    Vegetarian pho
                                                                    Tofurky

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                                                                    1. re: FoodPopulist
                                                                      Ttrockwood Nov 19, 2013 11:51 PM

                                                                      I would like to assume your second would try is a typo....

                                                                      1. re: Ttrockwood
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                                                                        FoodPopulist Nov 21, 2013 01:39 AM

                                                                        Not a typo

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                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Nov 20, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                        You won't eat tofu, but you'd like to try.....DOG?!?! OMG.....

                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives
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                                                                          FoodPopulist Nov 21, 2013 01:44 AM

                                                                          I eat tofu. (it goes very well with pork.) I would refuse to eat tofurky, as in that specific vegan, faux-turkey alternative that some people push as a Thanksgiving food item.

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                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Nov 21, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                            Don't blame you there......

                                                                        2. re: FoodPopulist
                                                                          TroyTempest Nov 21, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                          I love Scotch eggs. What do you have against Scotch eggs?

                                                                          1. re: TroyTempest
                                                                            chefathome Nov 21, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                            Me, too! We are having them again this week as we enjoy them so much.

                                                                            1. re: chefathome
                                                                              TroyTempest Nov 21, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                              I can understand for fat and cholesterol reasons, but they are freaking delicious. I like malt vinegar on mine.

                                                                              1. re: TroyTempest
                                                                                chefathome Nov 21, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                Haven't tried that but mine are served with a sweet and zippy mustard sauce.

                                                                                1. re: TroyTempest
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                                                                                  Kalivs Nov 21, 2013 10:43 PM

                                                                                  Malt vinegar makes everything better

                                                                              2. re: TroyTempest
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                                                                                FoodPopulist Nov 21, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                I just don't like eggs. I can eat French toast, but often have problems with anything much eggier than that. I have never eaten a poached egg. I have never eaten deviled eggs. I have never eaten loco moco.

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                                                                                  Harts52 Nov 22, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                  Can someone point me toward a good recipe for scotch eggs? I've never had them and they look so interesting. A little direction on the right way to eat them would help too....vinegar? As a dip, poured over?

                                                                                  1. re: Harts52
                                                                                    TroyTempest Nov 22, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                    No recipe from me, but i like them with a little malt vinegar shaken on top. Also good with chutney and a nice Ale to wash it all down.

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                                                                                      jbsiegel Nov 22, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                      These are the ones that I've made: http://www.food.com/recipe/baked-scot...

                                                                                      They were very easy and very good. We just ate them plain, but vinegar is ALWAYS a good thing!!!

                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel
                                                                                        TroyTempest Nov 22, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                        That looks pretty good. I'm gonna try those

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                                                                                          Harts52 Nov 22, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                          Thanks!

                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel
                                                                                            TroyTempest Nov 22, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                            I love this stat:
                                                                                            Cholesterol 314.2 mg 104% DV

                                                                                            Who would have guessed an egg rolled in sausage, then dipped in beaten egg would be high in cholesterol ;)

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                                                                                              jbsiegel Nov 22, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                              At least these ones aren't fried!! :-)

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                                                                                                TroyTempest Nov 22, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                so, they are kind of healthy then, right?

                                                                                            2. re: jbsiegel
                                                                                              chefathome Nov 22, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                              This is similar to the recipe I was going to post today. I make a warm creamy mustard sauce to go with them. Mmmm....

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                                                                                        INDIANRIVERFL Nov 20, 2013 03:24 AM

                                                                                        Not on my to try list.

                                                                                        Partially developed foetal products. Poultry, lambs, calves, and sharks head the list.
                                                                                        Soylent Green.
                                                                                        Icelandic preserved shark.

                                                                                        Avidly awaiting the opportunity or invite.

                                                                                        Learning flights of Bordeaux wines. By region as well as year. This would take many weeks of fun for a true representation.
                                                                                        A 2 lb. inch thick squid steak in Chile or Peru.
                                                                                        Tamil vegetarian in the south of India. Give me at least 6 months to make a dent in that.

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                                                                                          jbsiegel Nov 20, 2013 04:20 AM

                                                                                          Never had/don't care to:
                                                                                          Sardines
                                                                                          Eel
                                                                                          Buffalo

                                                                                          Never had/Would like to:
                                                                                          Beluga Caviar
                                                                                          Serendipity Hot Chocolate
                                                                                          Want to bake a batch of Supernatural Brownies

                                                                                          Adding on...
                                                                                          Had Rarely/Want to have again:
                                                                                          Sourdough Bread from San Francisco
                                                                                          Sopapillas from Four Corners, AZ
                                                                                          Steve's Ice Cream from Boston, MA (sadly out of business....)

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                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel
                                                                                            Lapetitegastronome Nov 20, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                                                            You're missing out on the eel, Japanese bbq eel is one of my favorite foods. Buffalo just tastes a lot like lean, good quality beef, as it is generally farm raised. So you're not really missing out there but I wouldn't avoid it.

                                                                                            1. re: Lapetitegastronome
                                                                                              chefathome Nov 20, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                              I agree and would add fresh sardines can be out of this world! Grilled right off the boat in Sicily...mmmmmmm....

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                                                                                                kagemusha49 Nov 20, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                +1 on fresh grilled sardines

                                                                                            2. re: jbsiegel
                                                                                              Ttrockwood Nov 20, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                              Serendipity's hot chocolate is seriously overrated- save yourself the tourist and kid filled migraine and go to city bakery or jaques torres for better hot chocolate for less $

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                                                                                                jbsiegel Nov 20, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                I've been to Jacques Torres for other things, but didn't try the HC. Next time I just might have to!

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                                                                                                  Bkeats Nov 22, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                  Anybody remember the hot chocolate at the old Rumplemeyers in the St Moritz Hotel on Central Park South? That was amazing.

                                                                                              2. WhatsEatingYou Nov 20, 2013 06:26 AM

                                                                                                Never had/don't care to:
                                                                                                A fast food hamburger
                                                                                                Taco Bell
                                                                                                Sunny Delight

                                                                                                Never had/Would like to try:
                                                                                                A cronut
                                                                                                Dom Perignon
                                                                                                Starfruit

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                                                                                                  jbsiegel Nov 20, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                  I haven't had Taco Bell ever either and don't plan to. Same goes for White Castle and probably Red Lobster. Have had Olive Garden but definitely don't plan to repeat that!

                                                                                                  I'd like to try a cronut, but only if they could make a chocolate (or even better chocolate/peanut butter) one.

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                                                                                                    ferret Nov 20, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                    Taco Bell is in a category by itself. It's plainly not anything resembling Mexican food, it's possibly not even of Earthly origin. But every once in a while it's a guilty pleasure.

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                                                                                                      Harts52 Nov 21, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                      My grandson, when 3, would ask "can we go to the place with the last name Bell?"

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                                                                                                    Harts52 Nov 21, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                    Dom is over-rated, starfruit is delicious and so cute.

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                                                                                                      linguafood Nov 21, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                      It's pretty, but I find it tastes kinda boring. Like a not very interesting apple.

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                                                                                                        TroyTempest Nov 22, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                                        I'm with you lingua on the starfruit.
                                                                                                        Stayed in costa Rica for a week and there was a star fruit tree on the premises. After the first day nobody really wanted any. There were a lot of better fruits available.

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                                                                                                          ratgirlagogo Nov 22, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                          Starfruit looks so magical but it just tastes watery and sweet, without a real fruit flavor.

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                                                                                                            Harts52 Nov 22, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                            The starfruit that I've been able to get locally isn't watery at all, crisp and tart with a flavor that seems like a blend of lemon and apple.

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                                                                                                        jbsiegel Nov 21, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                        Agreed about Dom. My previous list would have include Cristal, but I had that recently, and that's NOT overrated!!!!

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                                                                                                          Harts52 Nov 21, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                          Well then, add Cristal to my "want" list. :-)

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                                                                                                      Beach Chick Nov 20, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                      Never Ever..
                                                                                                      Prime Rib
                                                                                                      Offal
                                                                                                      Dark meat chicken/turkey

                                                                                                      Never had..would like to try..
                                                                                                      Rhubarb pie
                                                                                                      King cake
                                                                                                      Crawdad's

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                                                                                                        ferret Nov 20, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                        King Cake is a coffee cake with a back story. Not all that impressive once you taste it.

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                                                                                                          Beach Chick Nov 20, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                          I was reaching on finding 3 things I haven't eaten and I thought of that little baby King and decided that was my second choice..
                                                                                                          I really just wanted to find the little King!

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                                                                                                            Lapetitegastronome Nov 20, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                            It's fun when you do the whole gathering and have all the traditions with it, but I agree with ferret that the taste is good but nothing special.

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                                                                                                              ferret Nov 20, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                                              If you've ever had a midwestern Kringle, it's very similar (but then, every region has its own variation (sans the purple, green and yellow food coloring)).

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                                                                                                            jbsiegel Nov 20, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                            You and I would get along perfectly. You can have all the white meat you want, and I'll happily gobble up the dark!

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                                                                                                            ferret Nov 20, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                                            Missing out on foie gras is a shame.

                                                                                                            1. ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                              Never had / never will:
                                                                                                              - Human flesh
                                                                                                              - Dinosaur meat
                                                                                                              - Unicorn sashimi

                                                                                                              Never had / would like to try:
                                                                                                              - A meal at Noma
                                                                                                              - A Filet-O-Fish sandwich conceived and prepared by Jiro
                                                                                                              - My father's cooking

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                                                                                                                KrumTx Nov 20, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                Goober.

                                                                                                                I'm sorry, though, that you've never had your father's cooking. My dad only made two things - blueberry pancakes and steaks. That alone made him a much better cook than my mom.

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                                                                                                                  ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                  Blueberry pancakes rock. Steaks rock. Blueberry pancakes and steak together is like uber rock-and-roll!

                                                                                                                  My father, from what I am told, was a legendary chef in China, and before he fled to Taiwan during the revolution he was supposedly quite a big deal.

                                                                                                                  As a child growing up, I never really comprehended that, much less appreciated it. I was, I suppose, too busy in my younger days cultivating my love for all things Filet-O-Fish.

                                                                                                                  My loss.

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                                                                                                                    KrumTx Nov 20, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                    Bless your heart. I'm sure your dad is looking down on you with love.

                                                                                                                    If you're ever in north Texas, I know a place that makes a mean FOF. Newly remodeled, too!

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                                                                                                                      ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                      He's not dead, well, he might be. Dunno. Estranged.

                                                                                                                      Haven't seen the man since, well, probably the Lincoln administration. Feels that way anyway.

                                                                                                                      I love newly remodeled FoF! The old models have such low resale value ...

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                                                                                                                  Worldwide Diner Nov 20, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                  Cantonese eat placenta. Do you count that as human flesh?

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                                                                                                                    ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                    Nope.

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                                                                                                                    MamasCooking Nov 21, 2013 10:27 PM

                                                                                                                    You are funny. Unicorn sashimi.....mouthwatering:)

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                                                                                                                      Harts52 Nov 22, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                      Love the disinterest in dinosaur and unicorn. Have to admit, I have consumed human flesh in the form of hangnails and fingernails and the occassional wayward cuticle. Tasteless and probably more germy than maggot cheese but, for some unexplained reason, my fingers still end up in my mouth on occasion :-(

                                                                                                                    2. biondanonima Nov 20, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                      NEVER (never, never, never EVER!):
                                                                                                                      Insects
                                                                                                                      Balut
                                                                                                                      Anything alive, including maggot cheese

                                                                                                                      WANT TO TRY:
                                                                                                                      Beluga caviar
                                                                                                                      Real Kobe beef
                                                                                                                      fresh Alaskan king crab (aka, I want to go to Alaska!)

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                                                                                                                        rainey Nov 20, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                        Never encountered maggot cheese and that's OK with me. They say you can hear them clicking inside the rind. And those are the ones that are prized! The good part of that is that at least no one will ever be able to sneak some by you. ; >

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                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Nov 20, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                          WTF is the point of eating food with maggots in it?! I suppose if I was literally starving on a deserted, barren island.... But anywhere else, isn't it considered rotting food? I mean seriously, there's got to be a point where food is rotten & no longer edible.....

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                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 20, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                            Not sure but it exists http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/01/ca...

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                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Nov 20, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                              Oh I know..... Just saying I don't understand why people feel the need to eat rotting food.....

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                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Nov 20, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                Baffles my mind too, although I do like blue cheese and many call that rotten.

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                                                                                                                                  rainey Nov 20, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  "Oh I know..... Just saying I don't understand why people feel the need to eat rotting food….."

                                                                                                                                  You mean within the subset of fermented foods?

                                                                                                                                  What would our food experience be if it weren't for things like cheese, beer, wine, pickles, bread, etc? And these are foods which are on the spectrum of "rotting". It was a brave person who first said of blue cheese "I think I'll just put some of this in my mouth before I throw it out". The rest is just a degree of how much and what mental images are provoked.

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                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Nov 20, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    No, I mean rotten to the point of being infested with ya know, maggots..... I don't consider fermented foods to be rotten. Hell, I'd save a lot of money on wine if I did......

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                                                                                                                                    linguafood Nov 20, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                    Cheese is just rotten milk, ya know.

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                                                                                                                            ellabee Nov 20, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                            Don't care to try:
                                                                                                                            Lutefisk
                                                                                                                            Haggis
                                                                                                                            Corn dog

                                                                                                                            Would like to try:
                                                                                                                            Lobster fresh out of the sea
                                                                                                                            Truffles (am given hope by news of US sources)
                                                                                                                            that pastry on the cover of Southern Italian Desserts

                                                                                                                            When I was young someone brought fried grasshoppers to a cocktail party -- tasty! Pretty sure fried is the way to go with insects.

                                                                                                                            I'm sort of amazed at the number of things on people's lists (both ends) that I've had once.

                                                                                                                            1. pinehurst Nov 20, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                              Never had/don't care to:
                                                                                                                              Dog
                                                                                                                              Anything involving maggots/grubs
                                                                                                                              Fugu

                                                                                                                              Would like to try but haven't yet:
                                                                                                                              Truffles
                                                                                                                              Stilton
                                                                                                                              Mangosteen (I've only had the juice, not the fruit itself)

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                                                                                                                                Tripeler Nov 22, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                Fugu is a very mild fish when served raw as sashimi. That said, it is not particularly delicious, and certainly worth ignoring. Nothing to be afraid of, though, unless prepared by someone who has no idea what they are doing.

                                                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva Nov 20, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                Never had/don't care to -
                                                                                                                                Funnelcake
                                                                                                                                Maggot cheese
                                                                                                                                Live food of any sort

                                                                                                                                Never had/would like to try -
                                                                                                                                Truffles
                                                                                                                                Oysters
                                                                                                                                Chicken and waffles - hmm why have I never had this?

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                                                                                                                                  kagemusha49 Nov 20, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                  So I take it you're not going to eat the oysters raw?

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Nov 20, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    As long as the live food doesn't move I'm ok

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                                                                                                                                    jbsiegel Nov 20, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                    Funnelcake...the ONLY reason to go to the town street fair (at least in my book)!

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                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Nov 20, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                      I can't even smell it, not sure why, my first and only reaction to it at the amusement park as everyone else sprinted toward the plate.

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                                                                                                                                        jbsiegel Nov 21, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        I'm guessing zeppoles and beignets are off your list too, eh? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Nov 21, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                          Never encountered them but I'd they smell like fried powdered sugar I'm out. Fresh fried donuts are pushing it

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                                                                                                                                            jbsiegel Nov 21, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                            Blech...I don't like fried donuts at all! Something about the dough itself I think.

                                                                                                                                  3. alliegator Nov 20, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                    Haven't and won't:
                                                                                                                                    balut
                                                                                                                                    dog meat
                                                                                                                                    whale blubber

                                                                                                                                    Would like to :)
                                                                                                                                    lahmajun (sp?)
                                                                                                                                    a real New York Reuben
                                                                                                                                    bison

                                                                                                                                    1. meatn3 Nov 20, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                      Never had/Never will:

                                                                                                                                      Eyeballs
                                                                                                                                      Balut
                                                                                                                                      Anything other than shell fish (oysters, etc.) that's still living

                                                                                                                                      Would like to try:
                                                                                                                                      A really good caviar
                                                                                                                                      Goose
                                                                                                                                      Anything from Bill Hunt's wine cellar!

                                                                                                                                      1. Paprikaboy Nov 20, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                        Never say never but I'm fairly certain on these:

                                                                                                                                        Animal genitalia
                                                                                                                                        Bat
                                                                                                                                        Vegetarian bacon.

                                                                                                                                        Love to try

                                                                                                                                        Reuben from Katz
                                                                                                                                        Fish tacos
                                                                                                                                        Canarad a la presse.

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                                                                                                                                          ferret Nov 20, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                          You've never had a fish taco? Are you in prison?

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                                                                                                                                            linguafood Nov 20, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                            I believe they're not nearly as universal as SoCal residents would have you believe. And Pb lives in the UK, afaik.

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                                                                                                                                              ferret Nov 20, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                              I'm a Chicagoan and they've become a staple here. And once they've popped up on McCormick and Schmick's radar, you know they're not a rarity.

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                                                                                                                                                linguafood Nov 20, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                They presumably are in the UK, but I'll leave it Pb to reply.

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                                                                                                                                                  ferret Nov 20, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                  They're even on the radar in the UK (and this is from 2010):

                                                                                                                                                  http://londonist.com/2010/09/fish_tac...

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                                                                                                                                                  Violatp Nov 20, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Really? Baja style? Or is it grilled fish, which doesn't count, imo.

                                                                                                                                                  I think there was a Baja Fresh here for awhile, but it's closed.

                                                                                                                                                  I once ordered a fish taco here that said it was Baja style, and I got grilled fish on a flour tortilla with lettuce and tomato. So disappointing.

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                                                                                                                                                  Kalivs Nov 21, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I've had fish tacos in Manchester and it wasn't a good experience. The rest of the food was ok.

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                                                                                                                                                    Harts52 Nov 22, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Try homemade fish tacos for a different experience. Lots of recipes on line. My grandsons prefer the same seasoning that I make for chicken and beef tacos with a squeeze of lime added, garnished with my white corn guacamole.

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                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Nov 22, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Huge surprise, there '-D

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                                                                                                                                                acssss Nov 21, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                Never had/never will:
                                                                                                                                                Any internal organ (human or animal)
                                                                                                                                                Pigs feet
                                                                                                                                                Anything that lives under a rock

                                                                                                                                                Never had/Would like to try:
                                                                                                                                                Be a taster on Iron Chef America
                                                                                                                                                Clam Chowdah
                                                                                                                                                $150 burger in NYC (the last one went bankrupt)

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                                                                                                                                                  Isolda Nov 21, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Never had/hope never to have:
                                                                                                                                                  Balut
                                                                                                                                                  Bugs (except for the incidental ones in processed foods)
                                                                                                                                                  headcheese and a long list of unappetizing offal

                                                                                                                                                  Might try:
                                                                                                                                                  huitlacoche
                                                                                                                                                  fried stuffed zucchini blossoms
                                                                                                                                                  Scotch egg (just can't bring myself to deep fry anything, though, so will have to get these at a pub, I guess)

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                                                                                                                                                    chefathome Nov 21, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I always bake my Scotch eggs in the oven with delicious results.

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                                                                                                                                                      jbsiegel Nov 21, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Me too!

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                                                                                                                                                        TroyTempest Nov 21, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                        could you give me your recipe? I have only had them deep fried, and never homemade them because i didn't want to deal with all the oil, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                          chefathome Nov 21, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Am going out for the evening but will post tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                      Harts52 Nov 21, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                      My list of no-way is long:
                                                                                                                                                      - Brain, testicle, blood anything
                                                                                                                                                      - chicken fetus (any fetus for that matter)
                                                                                                                                                      - that sushi that can kill you if the chef is having a bad night
                                                                                                                                                      - maggot cheese
                                                                                                                                                      - all insects
                                                                                                                                                      - anything still alive

                                                                                                                                                      Want to try:
                                                                                                                                                      - 100 yr old balsamic
                                                                                                                                                      - jamon iberico ham
                                                                                                                                                      - Ultimate Coconut Cake from Peninsula Grill in Charlotte, SC (more than 1400 cal per slice)

                                                                                                                                                      And can I say I will never again have frog legs!! Ugh. Kelp flavored chicken with blue veins.... Made me feel like I was eating some tiny geriatric man's leg <shiver>

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                                                                                                                                                        chefathome Nov 21, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                        The frog legs I had recently in Croatia were stupendously delicious. Your description made me chuckle!

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                                                                                                                                                          Harts52 Nov 21, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I have a feeling that I was getting a bad example but it was an experience that will color any future interest. Had croc the same night for the first time and it was good.

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                                                                                                                                                            chefathome Nov 22, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I understand. When in university, I had deep-fried pork ribs that caused serious food poisoning. While it was 20 years ago, I can conjure up the flavour in a second. I cannot have them. Not that I would want to (my palate has matured!)...but one bad experience can taint future ones.

                                                                                                                                                      2. tim irvine Nov 21, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Have tried a lot of weird stuff and found that tastewise most of it was I'll advised. I have decided I just don't like most organ meats and think most varmints are either dry or greasy. I don't know why but the molecular gastronomy things does not appeal. I would love to try legit BBQ from somewhere other than Texas (I am in Austin), most anything with morels, and geoducks. I have heard they are sort of abalone-ish, and I love abalone. I had it once at Sobella & Latore with scallops pounded into it, the whole thing pan fried. It was nearly thirty years ago, but I salivate remembering it. Interesting that people are negative on sea urchin and octopus. I am not a sashimi lover, but I used to represent Japanese clients. When the president came to town and we had a dinner of all manner of sashimi, sea urchin roe and octopus were my favorites. (cruel fish came in last, barely worse than live shrimp).

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                                                                                                                                                          hill food Nov 21, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                          tim - sea urchin, the first time it went on my 'never again' list, but many years later and feeling bold it went on my 'must have it' whenever it's offered and reputable. weird texture, but damn it tastes good.

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                                                                                                                                                            tardigrade Nov 21, 2013 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I've had extremely good sea urchin, and blah, mostly tasteless urchins, and nothing in between.

                                                                                                                                                        2. MamasCooking Nov 21, 2013 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I have never tried horsemeat...pigeon or Kopi Luwak coffee and I never will. I would love to try Tasmanian ocean trout....roasted goose and truffles.....not just truffle oil.

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                                                                                                                                                            kagemusha49 Nov 22, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Don't think I've had horsemeat but I've been to Russia, so you never know. You're missing out on pigeon - very tasty - they don't just grab a dirty pigeon off the street. And as for the coffee from a civet cat's bum - I'd give it a try if it wasn't so darn expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                              MamasCooking Nov 22, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Well I never say never when it comes to tasting food:) Make sure you post on here if you ever do taste that coffee!

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                                                                                                                                                              chefathome Nov 22, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, don't bother with the truffle oil. Fresh truffles, on the other hand, are sublime.

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                                                                                                                                                                MamasCooking Nov 22, 2013 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Truffles are on my bucket list.

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                                                                                                                                                                  chefathome Nov 22, 2013 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  With good reason!

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                                                                                                                                                                  BuildingMyBento Nov 22, 2013 11:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I also dig truffle salt

                                                                                                                                                              2. cayjohan Nov 23, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Never had/don't care to:

                                                                                                                                                                Balut (like many here); I don't particularly care for most poultry because of the wet-feathery smell, but buy/cook/eat it for expediency. There's no expediency I can imagine for balut. At least yet, in my life experience.

                                                                                                                                                                Any eyeballs other than those from my favored smoked fish (and then it's just a thing to squick out my husband, really). I am just not that hungry yet.

                                                                                                                                                                Dog. I am not interested. Even as a cat owner.

                                                                                                                                                                Never had/ would like to try:

                                                                                                                                                                Bottarga
                                                                                                                                                                Reindeer tongue
                                                                                                                                                                And really? I'd love to try cheese made with my own personal culture. I'd be curious what my terroir is.

                                                                                                                                                                1. linguafood Nov 23, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Never had/don't care to:

                                                                                                                                                                  Trash food like: Twinkie/Peeps/Circus Peanuts
                                                                                                                                                                  'Pet' food like: Horse/Dog/Cat
                                                                                                                                                                  Idiotic food that's: maggoty/rotten/alive (save for oysters. yum!)

                                                                                                                                                                  Never had/would like to try:

                                                                                                                                                                  Forbiddingly expensive stuff: white truffles, kobe beef, abalone
                                                                                                                                                                  Unfamiliar game like: elk, moose, bear, pheasant, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                  Insects (but not arachnids. not fucking ever!)

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                                                                                                                                                                    chefathome Nov 23, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    White truffles are my favourite bites. Our Croatia house is smack dab in the middle of white truffle territory so we get to hunt for them and are given those that the hunter cannot sell (small or blemished).

                                                                                                                                                                    Kobe beef is overrated (to me).

                                                                                                                                                                    My Dad hunted so we grew up on elk, moose, etc. Now my brother is a hunter but he has not given us any venison or moose he got this season. Yet.

                                                                                                                                                                    At a dinner my husband and I had sweet and sour beaver. Once is enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Nov 23, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      You've had actual Kobe beef, or 'just' Wagyu (which I've had)?

                                                                                                                                                                      I meant the genuine item from Kobe, Japan -- or I suppose I should say *in* Japan, since I don't remember if they even export the stuff...

                                                                                                                                                                      And your house in Croatia is on my list to visit :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                        chefathome Nov 23, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, supposedly at a function in Paris where it was said to be exported. It was at an event at the Palace of Versailles where my husband's company rented the palace for an evening. (Their AGMs are truly amazing.) But sometimes I wonder whether it was kobe or not as my nature is to question things.

                                                                                                                                                                        You are welcome to come for a visit in Croatia any time.

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                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Nov 23, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow! Serious event, that one!!

                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like you'll be opening a B&B for 'hounds in Croatia soon -- we should all get together there and eat for a week.

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                                                                                                                                                                            chefathome Nov 23, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, it was one of the best. There was a private fireworks show in the gardens after dinner. Another dinner was on board an aircraft carrier in San Francisco and another in the Justice building in London.

                                                                                                                                                                            We are actually considering becoming tour guides for small parties in Croatia as they are in demand. Part of it would be going to friends' vineyards, olive groves, foraging for wild mushrooms, etc. designed for food people.

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                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Nov 23, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds awesome!

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                                                                                                                                                                        BuildingMyBento Nov 23, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Unrelated, but since you mentioned sweet and sour...a take-out place in Philly served me a sweet and sour eggplant parmesan hero. What? I'd like to un-eat that.

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                                                                                                                                                                      DowntownJosie Nov 23, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Would never try devilled eggs, beef heart tartare, ambrosia salad, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows
                                                                                                                                                                      Would love to try an authentic mole, shrimp and grits, cronuts , hand pulled noodles, and a green chili hamburger from New Mexico (It is featured on cook's country and it is killing me!)

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                                                                                                                                                                        chefathome Nov 23, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Just curious why you would not try the eggs. No justification necessary but am just wondering! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                          DowntownJosie Nov 23, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I like eggs any way except hard boiled. I went to too many cocktail parties where my granny's friends would talk with egg in their mouth and teeth and it really turned me off. I can't or won't eat egg salad or potato salad with egg in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                            chefathome Nov 23, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for explaining. I understand how that woyld turn you off. The only potato salads I eat are those I make. For some reason I do not eat any others.

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                                                                                                                                                                          hill food Nov 23, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          beef heart tartare sounds pointless and just an exercise in chewing anyway (warning to those with TMJ disorder!)

                                                                                                                                                                          and ambrosia salad? you are missing nothing. understand and accept your blessings that you have been not so inflicted.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. PotatoHouse Nov 23, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Never had/don't care to: 100 year old egg, Balut, live monkey brains

                                                                                                                                                                          Never had/Would like to try : Beluga caviar, (REAL) Parma Ham, Greek Green Walnuts

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