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Nov 26, 2013 05:44 PM

Food habits that make you go...

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.