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What are 3 foods you tried that you think are overrated..And 3 new things you tried that you love?

Tried and found overrated:
Red Velvet Cake
Smoked Paprika
Balsamic Vinegar
Biscoff spread

Tried and loved:
Mini M&Ms
Honeybell orange

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  1. Tried and found overrated:
    Homemade marshmallows
    $20 'handcrafted' cocktails

    Tried and loved:
    locally-made hard cider
    Turnip pickles
    White balsamic vinegar

    Can't believe chompie doesn't like:
    Smoked paprika

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    1. re: tcamp

      maybe cuz it was from TJs? I love paprika and love smoke and to be honest, just tasted it out of the bottle and it was weird, neither like paprika or smoke. Maybe you have to actually cook it? whats the difference in white and brown balsamic flavor?

      1. re: chompie

        Look for spanish pimenton- the smoked paprika comes either "sweet" or "hot" with a very very mild smoke flavor. Great tossed with cubed potatoes and olive oil and roasted.
        Not yummy raw.....

      2. re: tcamp

        I wonder if there's anywhere in the US to get real marshmallows made from marshmallow sap as opposed to gelatin corn syrup puffs that are called marshmallows.

      3. overrated:
        Chipotle ANYthing
        Brussel Sprouts

        Tried and loved
        Unsweetened plain greek yogurt
        The combination of beets and blue cheese
        Avgolemono (Greek lemon soup)

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        1. re: laliz

          I didn't start eating bleu cheese until I had it with beets.

          Ehh, and then I went to Anchor Bar (in Buffalo) the next year for wings.

          Now, I have no bone to pick with bleu cheese.

          1. re: laliz

            taliz, you just made me and hubby cheer outloud! We thought we were in a secret society of outcasts who don't even want to try chipotle and siracha!

            1. re: laliz

              I love unsweetened plain greek yogurt. I thought I was the only one.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I love it too. It's like eating sour cream. YUM!

              2. re: laliz

                I'm a hot sauce fiend and sriracha is one of my least favorites - very one dimensional. It might be my absolute least favorite now that it's turned into such a thing.

              3. I'll have to think more to come up with a complete answer but these things are beyond outrageously good. http://www.joepastry.com/2013/crotins...

                I know. They're chocolate. How bad can they be? And they're from Nancy Silverton originally. What would you expect? But forget all that. Just bake some and see!

                1. Biscoff, definitely overrated.

                  1. Tried and found overrated:

                    -laudree macarons (i love macarons but there were nearly the same as others i've had)
                    - those self serve frozen yogurt places (terrible and expensive!)
                    - za'atar

                    Tried and loved:

                    - homemade almond milk
                    - ligonberry jam
                    - sweet potato peanut african stew

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                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Agreed about Laudrée being overrated. The prices and lines do not justify the product.

                    2. Overrated :
                      Grass fed beef
                      Starbucks coffee
                      Salmon (though I eat it cuz I know it's good for me, I don't really like it....)

                      Tried & loved:
                      Wagyu beef
                      Foie Gras (my favorite thing in the world to eat)

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                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          I get the feeling that both on the grass fed beef and on salmon you didn't get top-quality. Many things are often pronounced "overrated" because people don't realise that foods are rarely good *as a category* but rather with respect to *the specific instance sampled*. That may not be the case here but there is a strong possibility that it is.

                          Thus for me:

                          Wagyu beef from a supplier in Seattle.
                          Grass-fed beef from a restaurant in Brisbane.
                          Foie gras from a restaurant in a small town outside Paris.
                          Salmon (even wild!) from Marks & Spencer in Manchester.
                          Starbucks coffee from most places today.

                          Tried and loved
                          Grass-fed beef from a farm near Seattle.
                          Wagyu beef from a restaurant in Brisbane.
                          Foie gras from a (top) restaurant in Barcelona.
                          Wild Scottish salmon from Out of the Blue fishmongers in Manchester.
                          Starbucks coffee from the top shop in Seattle during the early 1990's.

                          (Can't comment on Kimchee though)

                          It all comes down to the basic quality of the particular item - for example I find that people are frequently unimpressed by dark chocolate (which they find bitter and harsh) because their impressions are limited to poor-quality types like Lindt or bulk Callebaut, and when you give them a really first-rate Michel Cluizel or Domori or Pacari or whatever they have what amounts to a religious experience when they realise that even 100% dark chocolate need not necessarily be bitter.

                          From your list I get the impression you like fattiness. Although perhaps your salmon dislike may be genuine, there is at least the possibility it's because you've had mostly poor farmed fish - in which case you owe it to yourself to try a wild Yukon River salmon belly - or alternatively in Europe a Spey River - the Yukon is probably the fattiest salmon in the world and the Spey is similarly legendary.

                          It should also be noted that quite often the difference between a potential "overrated" and "Tried and loved" comes down to price - and bizarrely this is a sword which cuts both ways.

                          On the one hand, many people are underwhelmed after paying what they thought was a high price for something that in fact was perhaps only slightly better than commodity level, while at the same time being delighted by something that was an incredible bargain, even if again the quality was only slightly better than commodity level.

                          On the other, as a general rule you really do get what you pay for - and the cost of *real* quality is typically radically much higher than what a lot of people think it ought to be. Take for example, chocolate. People used to paying 50p or less than $1 for a chocolate bar may balk at paying £2.00/$3.00 for another bar, not realising that at that price point you're still not talking about something radically much better. No, the price must be more in the range of £5.00/$8.00 per bar before quality becomes consistently excellent (although of course there are exceptions you really need to know your stuff to be able to find cheaper ones that are better - a random purchase is likely to be mediocre below that price) - and many, having been burned by a disappointing experience at the mid-range price point, aren't even going to go near the more expensive chocolate, figuring it's just even more money thrown into the bin.

                          Back to the original topic, I'll add:

                          Sourdough from everywhere (except Acme Bread in SF)
                          Hamburgers at almost any restaurant (exception: BurgerJoint in NYC and London)
                          Cream cheese frosting (one of the few things that I've found to be categorically disappointing)

                          Tried and loved:
                          Pane Toscana (when it's the genuine article, at least)
                          Wurst (hot dogs) and chips (fries) from Witty's in Berlin
                          Dulce de leche (particularly in alfajores).

                        2. Overrated
                          King crab legs
                          Hershey's chocolate

                          Monkfish liver (ankimo)
                          Pho with tripe
                          Jerusalem artichokes

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                          1. re: kagemusha49

                            Grits are an abomination. Cheese grits are awesome.

                            1. re: kagemusha49

                              yea, especially after learning that Hershey's chocolate is made with sour milk...

                              1. re: chompie

                                Doesn't surprise me - it kinda tastes of sour milk.

                              2. re: kagemusha49

                                I didn't realize hershey's was still, "rated".....
                                (Assuming you refer to the regular milk choco bar)

                              3. Overrated:
                                Greek yogurt
                                Homemade ketchup

                                Tried and loved:
                                Beef tartare
                                Pig cheeks
                                Goat cheese

                                Though it must be said that good beef tartare is hard to find. I had it for the first time and it blew me away. Immediately ordered it the next time I saw it on a menu and it was pretty gross.

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                                1. re: NonnieMuss

                                  Beef cheeks are delicious as well and very easy to cook. I also hear that fish cheeks are good as well.

                                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                                    I love escargot. I had it recently cooked in a cream sauce with tarragon, and it was fantastic. Tastes a lot like mushrooms to me, which I love.

                                  2. Overrated: Beef Wellington. The crust is de trop, IMO. Would definitely try again: A well made corn pudding.

                                    1. Tried & overrated
                                      Jidori chicken

                                      Tried & loved
                                      Fried brussel sprouts with Sriarcha
                                      New Haven style pizza

                                      1. Overrated:

                                        Subway Sandwiches
                                        Pumpkin Seeds

                                        Tried and loved:

                                        Wasabi Edamame
                                        Steel Cut Oats
                                        Asbach Uralt

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                                        1. re: Kholvaitar

                                          Wondering in what magical place are Subway sandwiches highly rated...

                                          1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                            I would guess "at Subway" but I have no factual support for that.

                                            1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                              Considering how busy they are, apparently some people consider them great.

                                              I haven't eaten Subway in YEARS but I used to get weird cravings for it. I wouldn't consider it culinary excellency by any means.

                                              Was reading an article last year about how much profit Subway franchises make and was astounded. I think because they are one of the only national chain "fast food" places that won't make you die from diabetes... for many people, it's simply the only option when they're at work and on the go. I looked into buying a franchise here in LA and still may at some point.

                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                I crave the Italian one with olives and lots of mayo on occasion. They aren't great sandwiches, but I crave what I crave.

                                              2. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                It's the number one fast food chain, so lots of people I am guessing.

                                            2. Great thread. I'm a little nervous to admit my TAFO foods. Some will think it's a sacrilege.

                                              Dinic's roast pork sandwich (sorry Philly)
                                              FroYo self-serve
                                              Almond butter

                                              Han Dynasty's Dan Dan Noodles (O.M.G.)
                                              Stuffing waffles (Serious Eats recipe)

                                              1. Tried and found overrated:
                                                Truffle Fries
                                                Smoked Beers
                                                Pop Tarts
                                                Sweet Potato Fries

                                                Tried and loved
                                                Lamb Vindaloo
                                                Pho with Tendon and Tripe
                                                Vietnamese Pork Sausage Banh Mi
                                                Chorizo injected Chicken Wings
                                                Indian Pale Ales

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                                                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                  How can anyone possibly find PopTarts to be overrated

                                                  1. re: ferret

                                                    Hahaha, Everyone says that but to me they are gross. I've never liked them.

                                                    The crust is gluey and just seems to sit in my mouth, like I can't even get it out even after a few dozen drinks.

                                                    The glaze is sweet but it just doesn't help and the filling always has a fake taste to it. Like strawberry is just not strawberry. LOL

                                                  2. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                    +1 on the sweet potato fries.
                                                    they never reach the desired crispiness level to me

                                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                                      I agree with that. Also Sweet potato tots are gross because they never get crispy its like mush in your mouth.

                                                  3. Overrated:
                                                    Mini cupcakes
                                                    Truffles (& truffle oil)
                                                    Aburi sushi

                                                    Tried & loved:
                                                    Pretty much everything else I've eaten and like in my life ......

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                                                    1. re: LotusRapper

                                                      I have to say, I think cupcakes in general are overrated what with all the "gourmet" cupcake shops in recent years. My first Sprinkles cupcake in Beverly Hills was f*cking delicious but no more interesting to me than a slice of cake would have been.

                                                      But mini cupcakes are so much easier to eat, and have a perfect cake-to-frosting ratio IMO.

                                                      Not that I ever have the patience to make them mini, nor do I make cupcakes more than once a year. Adults tend to want cakes for their birthdays.

                                                    2. Overrated:
                                                      - Cronuts
                                                      - Chocolate covered Potato Chips
                                                      - Tandori Chicken (always too dry)
                                                      - Hoppy Beers

                                                      - Kale Sprouts
                                                      - Sea salt on quality chocolate
                                                      - Polish beer
                                                      - The little oak staves that you can buy to age your cocktails at home. What a surprise.

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                                                      1. re: redips

                                                        I would have put cronuts on my list although I have never had one but I think if I had I would think, "What's the hype, I don't get it"

                                                        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                          What's funny about Cronuts is that when I was growing up in upstate New York, Price Chopper had (and still does) fried and glazed croissants in their donut section ($.79 I think). Similar concept to the famed cronut (or any of the knockoffs around the country), sans the custard, but much better.

                                                          1. re: redips

                                                            I recall a local bakery here years ago made these croissant "balls" (round, about 4" diameter), sugar-glazed plus chocolate-drizzled. While too sweet for my taste, I thought the concept of a non-crescent croissant is cool.

                                                            1. re: redips

                                                              That's interesting. I have been wondering how nobody ever thought to deep-fry laminated pastry dough before.

                                                              I also haven't had a cronut, though I would totally try one if presented to me. However I keep thinking they look much better without the custard.

                                                              1. re: redips

                                                                The one "cronut-esque" thing I tried was from a Jakarta Carrefour. Whatever.

                                                            2. re: redips

                                                              Good Tandoori chicken is AMAZING.

                                                              My dad is 1/2 Indian and we grew up eating Indian food fairly often (not in the house, but going out to eat).

                                                              There was one tiny hole in the wall we frequented that made the absolute best Tandoori chicken I've ever had. It was probably my favorite chicken as a kid, aside from the deep-fried chicken strips from Hamburger Hamlet (RIP) with a side of ranch dressing.

                                                              The Tandoori was succulent, moist, bright reddish-orange, and so flavorful. I was a tiny and picky child who ate like a bird, but I'd tear into that stuff with both hands. The edges of the meat were all charred from the high heat grilling. Mmm.....

                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                Hmmm... I need to try that chicken! :)

                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                  I loooove tandoori chicken with good naan.

                                                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                    I always had a plate of the chicken, garlic naan, and rice. The aforementioned restaurant had the hands-down best naan ever. And their basmati was fluffy and flavored with something I've never had since... pretty subtle and the color was white/beige, so no turmeric or any of that.

                                                                    I remember always stuffing myself to the gills when we ate there. And I actually HATED Indian food in general. Could never get down with the curries or other dishes.

                                                                    That restaurant is long gone, but I can honestly say that after 15 years of never eating Indian food again, I would gladly eat there if given the chance.

                                                              2. Tried and found overrated:
                                                                Really crusty "artisan" bread, where the crust is so hard and thick that it hurts your teeth to chew and rips the inside of your mouth to shreds
                                                                Cambozola cheese
                                                                Truffle fries (and pretty much anything with truffles, including truffles themselves)

                                                                Tried and loved:
                                                                Blood sausage/black pudding/morcilla
                                                                Braised red cabbage with melty chunks of goat cheese
                                                                Peppadew peppers (the best peppers)

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                                                                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                    Agreed on the truffle fries and I LOVE blood sausage!

                                                                  2. Mine are a bit pedestrian. I don't find much I hate but I ordered a Bloody Mary and got this horrific bacon thing that was supposed to be a Mary. I traded for a vodka martini. That was my worst dislike of the year. I also ate canned tomato soup and it was atrocious.

                                                                    Tried this year and love:

                                                                    Runny fried eggs
                                                                    Pork belly (oh my goodness!)
                                                                    Cheese grits

                                                                    1. Tried and loved -
                                                                      Hollaindaise sauce
                                                                      Roasted bone marrow

                                                                      1. Tried and overrated:
                                                                        red velvet cake
                                                                        frozen yogurt
                                                                        broccoli rabe

                                                                        Tried and loved:
                                                                        goat cheese with honey and walnuts
                                                                        wild caught salmon
                                                                        (real) maple flavored yogurt

                                                                        1. Overrated:

                                                                          Foie Gras
                                                                          Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
                                                                          Pulled Pork

                                                                          Tried and loved:

                                                                          Nasi Lemak
                                                                          French Dip Sandwich