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One time I saw someone put Heinz ketchup on their sushi rice. My body started to breathe heavily to the point of almost coming to tears. Thankfully I caught myself and started to laugh. Though, I was actually going to cry!

When I see someone not eat the skin and throw it away, I have to count to 5 in my head so I don't start yelling.

On a happier note, I get sooooo happy and warm when I see someone slurping a big bowl of noodles. Life is good for them!


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  1. None of your business what other people enjoy or dislike: Don't yuck someone's yum, and vice versa. Unless they ask your opinion, keep mum, even though it is frustrating to some of us when others of us throw away usable food.

    When *I* hear someone slurping, I feel like yelling at them about their atrocious manners, but I know that in some cultures slurping signifies enjoyment. I am thankful I do not live in any of them.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Slurping, as in my case, can be a necessity due to physical disabilities. Hand tremors prevent me from using a spoon for soup, for example. I also have to grab the fork in a rather juvenile manner as opposed to elegantly balancing it on fingertips.

      1. re: mucho gordo

        Hey MG-

        Did you ever check out the oxo line of knives, etc? A few posters led you that way.

        1. re: gaffk

          Yes; as far as I can tell, all they have is kitchen tools, not ordinary forks, spoons. I did find a couple of cheap items, ala 99 cent stores, but they were so poorly made that they bent/broke easily.

          1. re: mucho gordo

            So you didn't check out the oxo line :(

            1. re: gaffk

              Are you saying I overlooked it? All I saw was food prep tools and their new line of forks for young children

              1. re: mucho gordo

                Hmmm. I wonder if they discontinued their adult line. t's a shame.

            2. re: mucho gordo

              There are lots of companies which offer adaptive utensils and other equipment. One such:


              I worked for years with a wonderful occupational therapist who was a whiz at helping people find the right utensils and other devices to make life a little easier. Helps me now, since I was diagnosed with RA awhile back.

      2. Yes you are ridiculous. I have to monitor my diet to control my cholesterol level. Its not high, but borderline so I manage it through diet and exercise. That means when I order a chicken dish with all its glorious crispy skin, I pull it back and put it to the side because my doctor told me to avoid it. So you have no idea why someone maybe doing that. I don't need you telling me that's the best part. Yes I know that but you want to talk to my doctor after my next blood workup? Please keep your thoughts to yourself.

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        1. re: Bkeats

          Or some, like me don't really like the skin.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              Yep, me too. I made the turkey skin extra crispy this past T-day and while many folks loved it, I didn't. As I say here many times, it's really okay not to like something or to like it in a weird way.

          1. I agree, you are pretty ridiculous :)

            You also might consider cultural differences in food preferences and manners as worth of respect and consideration....even if you don't hold them personally.

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            1. re: sedimental

              I am crazy and I guess sound sensitive. I try to respect everyone though. No hatred.

            2. Few things in life genuinely disgust me. Slurping is one of them.

              That said, I may add putting ketchup on sushi to the disgust list.

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              1. re: Harters

                Me too. Noisy eating or drinking of any kind makes me a bit disgusted. I don't care for public belching or farting either. However, I keep my disgust to myself.

                1. re: Harters

                  Please read my response to greygarious upthread

                  1. re: Harters

                    Then stay out of genuine noodle houses, where slurping is not only acceptable but welcome!!

                    1. re: Harters

                      If you get served truly subpar sushi. Don't complain or send it back. Just ask for some ketchup or cheap, yellow mustard, squirt a big round of it on the counter, dip your chopsticks in, and lick the tips clean with a smile.

                      When the waitress questions you about the practice, simply reply, "Well, it seems your counters have seen water more recently than the 'fish' atop this rice, so I thought I'd be prudent."

                      If she doesn't smack you, ask if they have any tequila in the place that you could have to "kill the taste of the chopsticks."

                    2. I wouldn't EVER say anything to these people or judge them as individuals. I just have my personal preferences that's all. Just curious if others had similar internal reactions. Peace.

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                      1. re: TCtoothpick

                        I used to feel queasy near to the point of vomiting when I watched people soaking up runny yolk. I actually love it now too but back then I often had to excuse myself politely with the excuse that I had to use the restroom.

                      2. I do not like Slurping. I don't say anything, I don't laugh, I don't start to cry, I don't count.

                        I live in California.

                        1. People drinking sweet carbonated drinks (coke, fanta, iced tea etc.) with their food. What is wrong with water? Surely the sweetness masks some of the taste of the food. Disgusting pigs that have their sodas refilled time and time again gulping down litres of sugary rubbish or even worse “diet drinks” full of killer sweeteners. Why can’t parents educate their children to keep away from these things? Enjoy the real taste of food don’t coat your tongue in sugar.

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                          1. re: davidne1

                            Since when is iced tea carbonated? Do you believe that coffee, tea, wine, and beer/ale mask the flavor of the food too? Again, yucking someone else's yum is bad manners.

                          2. Honestly my only response would be to try the ketchup on MY sushi rice- what if i'm missing out on an awesome combo?!?

                            To each their own. My parents taught me to be tolerant of everyone's habits, no matter how bizzare within my own context.
                            Although i may take my meal to go if you're slurping noodles next to me in a restaurant.

                            1. FAST eaters bug me! My brother is one. When we go out some place to eat, he is always the first to finish hs meal. I do what a sister HAS to do and intentionally SLOWS down.

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                              1. re: kseiverd

                                As a kid, I was a fast eater, on purpose. Ironically, BECAUSE of slurping - on the part of my father. Also, he had a full set of dentures, against which his fork and spoon clicked. This was probably because he couldn't feel them, but nevertheless the sound was exasperating. There was no rule about staying at the table until my parents were done, so I bolted my meal and fled. I still have to make a concerted effort not to eat fast.

                                1. re: kseiverd

                                  I eat quickly because I was programed to in the military. In basic training we had 10 minutes from the time the last man in the company sat down to be finished. This was exacerbated by 20 years as an over the road truck driver following my military service.

                                  1. re: kseiverd

                                    I don't mind fast eaters. To me, it means they are really hungry, the food is good, and/or the person is in a hurry.

                                    1. re: TCtoothpick

                                      I eat quickly, and the Mr eats sloooowly. We both drive each other crazy!

                                    2. re: kseiverd

                                      My parents (well, now just my father) best friends ate really fast. I was astounded when I saw them eat when I was a kid. The reason I foind out later was that the mister of the family, actualy a Dr., was an on-call OBGYN. They ate fast because their dinner too often interrupted.

                                      1. re: John E.

                                        my daughter, before she started working as an EMT, used to eat at a normal pace.
                                        now, she inhales her food.
                                        it's her new normal.

                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                          On my surgery rotation in med school I gave myself a nice case of reflux from inhaling food. Thankfully, I abandoned the habit at the end of the 8 week.

                                          1. re: westsidegal

                                            I'm a therapist in a SNF. We are supposed to clock out for lunch and not deal with work. HA. We are the fastest eaters I know. Because to see all the patients we are supposed to see without going into overtime, we have 10 minutes between the different resident dining rooms serving times and our daily staff meeting to eat. Some days I pack 2 smoothies, my morning one and my lunch one, with a snack to eat on the way home. It sucks

                                      2. When I first read the title, I thought, "Oh, this is a thread about going ... as in going in No. 2."

                                        Then I open up the link and read about ketchup and sushi rice. And, I was like, "Yeah, I guess that would make me want to go."

                                        Sometimes truth is fiction, and vice versa.

                                        1. Not at all. I can't stand when people cut off fat and throw it away even tho I do understand that they may not be able to eat the fat.
                                          OTOH, why are you paying so much attention to what goes on at another table?

                                          1. Eating with an overhand grip of utensils over the age of 6, maybe 10

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                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              Amen, and it's doubly disturbing because it means that the perp's parents either did the same or weren't diligent enough to harp on their child until s/he learned better manners. Same with open-mouthed chewing, talking with food in one's mouth, and slurping (handicaps excepted). These are etiquette basics that the average person knows, not less obvious minutiae like, for example, how to hold a wine glass.

                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                He was a great guy, but my ex-boyfriend at the age of 28 still used the overhand grip and it would drive me bonkers. I never said anything but then again we weren't bound for life at that point. I do have a coworker who smacks his lips insanely loudly when he eats or drinks anything. I've also never said anything but wondered how this doesn't drive his wife insane.

                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                Unless physical impairment makes it necessary. Muscle spasms and tremors in both hands doesn't leave me much choice if I want to eat without the food flying off onto everyone around me.

                                                1. re: mucho gordo

                                                  I agree but I think the comments here exclude physical impairments. My ex has none. My mother is severely disabled so I reserve judgment for any movement habits I see in public because you never know what someone is dealing with.

                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                  My step-father eats with a left-handed overhand grip. I don't understand how my mother "allows" it. We were brought up with the most diligent of table manners. I shudder every time I watch him dig in. I love him to pieces but what the hell?

                                                3. Anyone eating loudly. Lip smacking, slurping, anything. My Dad is a loud eater and it drives me nuts. I don't even think he does any of the examples I listed, he just chews loudly. I love him, but it grosses me out.

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                                                  1. re: SaraAshley

                                                    I always wonder if they notice. Chewing sounds are usually louder in your own head, so I wonder why they hear.

                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                      Who knows! I can assure you, however, that I do gripe to my Dad about this from time to time. Such a sweet daughter I am! :)

                                                    2. re: SaraAshley

                                                      For some reason I don't mind other people's loud smacking. I even find it sort of relaxing, but I can NOT stand my parent's chewing. I don't know why. Probably has some sort of emotional connection.

                                                      1. re: TCtoothpick

                                                        Hmm....could be. I think I'd probably be more tolerable to a stranger's chewing, as well.

                                                    3. My sister-in-law cannot eat without biting on her spoon/fork. It's maddening and gives me chills. It's bad enough when a baby does it but I can accept that. A grown woman? NO.

                                                      Saw a person ask for ketchup at a Chinese restaurant the other day. Then he needed a refill because he wiped the dish clean. And no...he did not order French fries...it was for his Chinese plate.

                                                      1. Not eating the skin, or the excess fat on a slab of prime rib, or deep fried livers, or drinking from the gravy boat, or gnawing on a pork chop bone, or smearing several pats of butter on bread, or, sh*t, even, not finishing your date's third Manhattan because she's "OMG . . . a little tipsy"* after waiting fifteen minutes for a table, is wrong. Deeply, sincerely, Dante's upper levels of Hell, wrong.

                                                        Get a better doctor if you have to - Obamacare's kickin' in finally. Start working out more, or at least walk to work or the Doctors' office . If you eat a piece of deep fried, chocolate-filled, pork jowl in front of me and die on the spot, I'll note publicly** that you were right, I was wrong, and hand each of your kids a fat envelope full of hundred dollar bills. I mean, ol' man Darwin was probably right, but maybe he should've paid more attention to the outliers and those who wanna cling to any existence at all. From my perch, I accept that sooner or later we all have to decompose.

                                                        That bein' said, at the end of the day, I'd rather eat raw, unsalted kale and drink diet soda, than see a server take away a plate full of fried chicken skin - especially if it has red-eyed gravy on it. I get all teary eyed, weep like a little girl who's Barbie was the subject of a big brother's M-80 experiment.

                                                        I s'pose, it simply reminds me of the pain I endured the time that some as*hole cop made me pour a full bottle of tequila into a sewer drain before he'd let me go into a Prom.*** Oh, the Humanity! Oh, the Kleenex!

                                                        *Yeah, I know, I need to date slightly older girls, but I'm kinda a sucker for a good fake ID.

                                                        **By that I mean a tweet or maybe a gory Instagram pic.

                                                        ***In all honesty, I would've been thrilled to just let him take it home to drink. But, "DOWN THE DRAIN, YOUNG MAN!! I'm watching you!" - nightstick to my temple? That's wrong! Seriously wrong! (Between you and me, I think he was still really pissed that I was using the underwire from his daughter's bra to hold up the flag on our party bus. Or that she asked me to be her date in the first place . . .)

                                                        1. You sound like a bit of a food snob, but at least one with high standards! Just let people enjoy what they enjoy and mind your manners

                                                          1. My DH likes to dip peanut butter sandwiches into soup. ANY KIND of soup. Chicken, butternut squash bisque...and even... New England clam chowder (this is his absolute favorite). He really enjoys it and that is great, but sometimes the fishy peanut butter smell and seeing the bread and peanut butter coated in the creamy clam chowder makes me want to gag.

                                                            1. Loud eating, yes – the only thing that truly bothers me. Well, open-mouth chewing, too. My ex's second husband was a champion at both. I came by one day to pick up my son for the weekend and thought I heard the dog in the kitchen eating kibble … but it was J*** eating pizza!

                                                              Back in the early '60s, there was group of buddies I hung out with, our favorite spot being a pancake house. One was a droll, almost dwarfish guy, nicest man in the world, but he always chewed with his mouth wide open. It was like looking into a cement mixer full of pancake and syrup. At some point one of the others couldn't keep from asking, "Speedy, how come you don't close your mouth when you chew?" Speedy replied, "Food tastes better! I can't figure why y'all don't keep'em open." I mentioned that most of us had been very strictly brought up to eat that way, which seemed to surprise our friend. He said, "Why, everybody in my family eats like I do!" The mental image of being at a table in such company stunned the rest of us into silence …