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pet peeves for other 'foodies'

just had a dinner last night with a lovely couple who are really into food. They aren't on chowhound, but they might as well be.

That said, there were a couple things I noticed about dining with them that irked me a little and realized that these type of things bother me when

- saying that you have an issue with your palate just because you dont care for a certain dish. (e.g. in my case, fois gras, ill tried it, i just dont like the flavor or texture and really dont feel like trying it anymore. my wife similarly doesn't like escargot for similar reasons.)

- asking way too many questions to the waitstaff about an item you have no intention of ordering

does anyone else have similar issues when dining with other Hound types?

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  1. I don't understand the first and don't think I have ever experienced the second. If I understand you these people knowingly asked a ton of questions about a dish that included something they knowingly would not eat??

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    1. re: foodieX2

      I don't get the first scenario either. Perhaps DukeFan can expand on it for clarification?

      1. re: ttoommyy

        this is something i've gotten several times.

        whenever i say i don't care for certain foods, some foodies will tell me that i just need to develop my palate and sometime maybe I will see the light.

        1. re: DukeFan

          Ok. Got it now. I've never gotten that from anyone, but that is an obnoxious thing for someone to tell you.

            1. re: DukeFan

              Try telling people you don't like seafood. If I hear one more person say "Oh, you just haven't tried the right thing yet" I will punch them in their throat. If I have tried sashimi from both Nobu and Matsuhisa, sushi rolls from other places whose names I don't remember, fish and chips from Gladstones and two different London pubs, scallops from Rivera, tuna salad sandwich from Nate 'N Als, John Dory and branzino from Angelini, grilled octopus from Mozza, AND oysters from Arroyo Chop House and STILL don't like seafood, I think it's safe to say i'm not just flippantly saying it. I absolutely HATE the way my so-called "foodie" friends want to make it their personal mission to show me the light and introduce me to "good" seafood, since I have obviously only tried fiet-o-fish and decided I hate all seafood because of that. As my boyfriend says "If it tastes like chicken, then I'd rather just eat chicken." Also, I really hate the word foodie :)

              1. re: schrutefarms

                I would never tell anyone 'they just haven't had the right seafood.' As someone who grew up in a seafood averse household, I understand. You may never like seafood. But if you do ever get to that point, it won't be a lightbulb going on, it will have to be gradual conditioning over a long period of time. It takes a lot of trust.

                However, it would be very unusual for a Japanese or Korean person to not like seafood, so I am guessing you are neither. They have the conditioning, you don't.

                1. re: Steve

                  I think you hit the nail on the head with the "conditioning". I grew up in an American/Hungarian family, I love noodles, onions, pierogies, sour cream, sourkrout etc etc…I think the only fish we really had was fish n chips from H. Salt. Funny enough, though, my dad grew up Catholic, and I know they ate fish on Fridays…Come to think of it, after my parents divorced my mom started eating sushi, my brother loves it too. So I guess my dad was probably the one to hate seafood, and I just took after him! I wish I liked it though….I hate that there are so many cuisines that I can't/won't eat :( I don't like to be limited that way. People think I'm really picky, but I'm not. I like Italian…French…Middle Eastern…Greek…Indian…Japanese (tepanyaki)…Vietnamese…really, anything that doesn't have seafood in it!

                  1. re: schrutefarms

                    I understand. I only moderately like SOME seafood. Basically, if it's not very fishy. That fishy taste is just terrible. Just hits my tastebuds unpleasantly.

                    1. re: sandylc

                      I found some fish oil at Whole Foods that you take by the spoonfull, it's a lemon flavor and tastes exactly like lemon pudding with absolutely no fishy taste or aftertaste. I know it's so important to have all those omegas, and I've gotten none my whole life!

                      1. re: schrutefarms

                        Not so! You get them in grass fed meats, walnuts, healthy eggs, flax seed or oil. And wild caught fish. Of course, the oily ones tend to be fishy to some.

                        1. re: mcf

                          That's good to know! And walnuts are my favorite nut :)

                          1. re: schrutefarms

                            I seem to remember that walnuts are the one thing that Andrew Zimmern will not eat/taste.

                        2. re: schrutefarms

                          Yeah, I do a fish oil that is very well masked, too....good thing!

                        3. re: sandylc

                          Same here. All those people who rave about something that "tastes like the sea" and I just think "yuck!" I'm never going to enjoy that flavor.

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            I've been hooked (pun intended) ever since my first raw clams and oysters age 7.

              1. re: carlee134

                ha!

                My first thought!
                "Wasn't this an episode on Portlandia?"

                  1. re: jpc8015

                    "and never had a chance to call me mummy"

                1. re: carlee134

                  I love the bit about the couple who had recently gone to Spain and try to tell everyone at a Spanish dinner how they're doing everything wrong.

                  1. re: 4X4

                    I have been thinking about that Spain episode because of my time here in Madrid! Was so funny & believable. The recently traveled know-it-all!

                2. Nto liking foie gras is definitely good for your wallet.

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                  1. re: Steve

                    And probably good for your body as well. : ) To play Devil's advocate for a moment though, I can list tons of foods and drinks I truly thought i would never like (sushi, bourbon, tofu, duck) and they are now among my favorite foods and I'm glad I gave them another shot. Ok, that's the end of that argument. We all like what we like and that should be good enough, especially when out with friends!
                    JeremyEG
                    HomeCookLocavore.com

                    1. re: JeremyEG

                      I made a deal with my 17 year old - if he tried things that he didn't like when he was "younger" so would I. Still can't stand beets, brussel sprouts, foie gras, etc. And yes, I've had people tell me that I just don't know what's good. Annoying!

                  2. Me thinks your dinner companions were a bit pretentious and trying to impress you with their "superior" foodie-ism.

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                    1. re: MrsJonesey

                      And, really, how superior could they be if they are not on Chowhound?

                      PS. I don't really think that - it just sounded good :-)

                    2. The wine slurpers. As opposed to the wine snobs. They slurp all through the meal to "get the maximum taste" from the wine. And seem to have multiple orgasms throughout the process.

                      "This is a great meal, but nothing like the pasta in Florence. You should have been there." I have. Many times. And the dried pasta served in the majority of restaurants uses wheat from the Dakotas and Canada. So please do not go into the raptures of local sourcing. Or do some homework.

                      I enjoy food. I really enjoy intelligent conversation. When I can get both in the same evening, it can be transcendent.

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                      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                        Good conversation is a lot harder to find than good food.

                        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                          We have a friend who is a wine "slurper". 1st time I saw him do this I thought he was just "tasting" the wine but he did it all through the meal. Yuck!