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Faux pas - eating fish at work?

Do you or don't you? For me, it depends if the dish needs to be reheated. I've reheated fish at work and it wasn't an issue but I only reheat fish like tilapia and cod that are fairly low on the fishy smell scale. I don't hesitate to eat a chilled tuna or salmon mayo based type salad or chilled fish over greens. No one ever complains and they often inquire as to what smells so good since the place is usually filled with the smells of takeout subway or burgers. What's your policy on bringing fish based lunches to work?

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  1. It would depend upon the culture of the office. If it is something others do and no one seems to mind, then fine. Then again, to me the most offensive, unprofessional smell an office can have is stale, crappy microwave popcorn. It hangs in the air for weeks. It people are doing that in the office, they don't have much say over the temporary odor of a fish-based lunch.

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    1. re: Just Visiting

      I agree culture matters. We often have conferences with catered lunch. Indian curry is in the rotation, I find the smell overwhelming and it lingers forever but it's what the powers that be have chosen so there seems to be an acceptance of smellier food options.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        Ha, this reminds me, my sister used to work for a large company with a large population of Indian IT workers and they'd all bring curry dishes to work for lunch. She got so fed up with the smell, she brought a container of old sour kimchi to work.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          That was the first thing I thought of when reading your post... Indian food! I worked in a small office years ago, my first "real job." It was in entertainment.

          My boss hired a new assistant, fresh from India BBC or something. And EVERY DAY for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, she'd heat up Tupperware containers full of curry. It drove me absolutely nuts, as my office was right off the kitchen and her temporary desk was set up behind mine.

          I'm 1/4 Indian but can't stand the food. I'd open all the windows but couldn't get rid of the smell. My boss fired her after a month. Not sure why, maybe it was the curry.

        2. re: Just Visiting

          Microwaved popcorn is horrible in the workplace. Thank goodness I could close my office door to avoid smelling it. Gross.

          1. re: breadchick

            Also the smell if the microwaved frozen dinners. That plastic smell is disgusting.

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              I hate that smell. I don't say anything because they are ubiquitous but it's the smelliest option among the lunch reheatables in my book. It all smells the same.

              1. re: wincountrygirl

                One of my co-workers microwaves his Hot Pockets almost daily. The WORST

          2. I won't reheat fish at work, or anything in the cabbage family.

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            1. re: Leslie

              Me either, nor will my colleagues

            2. I don't since I started working in a tiny office. I will still bring fish in, but have it in the large, well-ventilated cafeteria where all sorts of food odors are mingling (there is a micro available for folks who bring food from home).

              And my coworkers are really considerate so I don't want to offend.

              1. Here is a kinda gross, yet related, story: My BIL one day brought a leftover shrimp dish into work and reheated it for lunch. A woman co-worker walked in as he was taking it out of the microwave, was apparently offended by the odor, and yelled "That smells female funky!". He was mortified and never brought in seafood to reheat for lunch again.

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                1. Absolutely not! The smell of microwaved fish is so offensive to me so I wouldn’t warm it myself and I would hope others would not either. I don’t like the smell so tuna sandwiches either but the smell seems to dissipate fairly quickly so I am not going to complain about that.

                  For some reason, I welcome the smell of McDonald’s filet o fish though!

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                  1. re: pumpkinspice

                    I think the McD FOF just smells like "fried". Very little fish aroma, if any.

                      1. re: jounipesonen

                        take a look the next time you have one -- the inside of a FoF has a grain/texture that tells me it's actually a piece of fish.

                        I happened to be near a Wendy's a few days ago, and had one of their new fried cod sandwiches. Was a little surprised to find it to actually be a pretty good sandwich -- the fish is bigger than at McDonald's, and has a nice panko crust.

                        Nutritionally, it's still a disaster, but at least it's a tasty disaster....

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          I have a quick FOF question for you FOF enthusiasts. It's been years since I've had one, but sometimes when you flake them apart there is like a shiny silver coloration on parts of the white meat. Is that normal?

                          1. re: Firegoat

                            Yes, normal. It's part of the skin, as far as I know.

                            1. re: Sooeygun

                              yep -- it's the last layer of skin. Completely harmless.

                  2. Any leftovers you could wrap up in your pink slip...:)

                    1. I don't but honestly I've heard at least someone complain about just about every thing I've seen someone eat at work - so what the hell, eat what you want, someone's going to complain anyway . . . .

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                      1. re: thimes

                        I read a few old threads before posting here and it seemed that your conclusion is correct.

                      2. If I bring leftovers like fish, rice and a veg, I mw the rice & veg until it's steaming, then add the fish, cover tightly, and wait 2 minutes.

                        Fish is hot enough, and very little smell escapes. That wasn't even my original intent - I was just trying not to overcook the fish.

                        1. I let my employees bring in anything but sardines or oily stinky fish and curry for our microwave in our small office. There is no way to air it out and it lingers for hours!

                          I burn incense in my office if needed, but one person hates the smell of incense, so I burn it when she isn't there. I also have a odor removing candle and a few sprays. We all have a sense of humor about it, and are flexible....but I think it is unprofessional (and a bit embarrassing) to have your office stink all day for meetings, clients or visitors.

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                          1. re: sedimental

                            One of my favorite easy work lunches is a can of sardines and saltine crackers. I also microwave curry and other leftovers with impunity.

                            But I have a big office and I'm directly across from the kitchen and restrooms. So no immediate neighbors to offend. Plus I do

                            1. re: tcamp

                              "I'm directly across from the kitchen and restrooms"

                              ahhh, if there are any bad smells, blame it on the restroom

                          2. Much as I love smoked haddock and mackerel I won't reheat it at work as I think it's inconsiderate.
                            Not quite as inconsiderate as what happened several years ago. It was my first management job and the first time I had my own office. I’d only been there a couple of weeks and arranged a meeting for early afternoon. The guy turns up, sits down for the meeting and proceeds to unwarp a doner kebab. I told him to go and eat in the kitchen and come back when he’d finished.

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                            1. re: Paprikaboy

                              I'd never reheat mackerel, that's a guaranteed smell fest.

                            2. I personally won't reheat fish at work. A few years ago a coworker reheated halibut in the communal microwave and oh my goodness it smelled terrible.

                              1. I personally don't. And I agree, the microwave popcorn is the worst smell ever. It might be worse than Subway "bread" smell, which at least you can get away from after you pass by one of their stores.

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                                1. re: rockandroller1

                                  I used to work in an office where MW popcorn was verboten, as the boss felt it was distracting and likely to reduce productivity/draw people from their desks. about the same time we were doing a J/V with a company from a land where cooked fish was a basic,, and whoa I am more than cool with fried/baked/roasted fish smells, but MW'd? it's just different.

                                  1. re: hill food

                                    Weird, I worked for a company with a similar situation - boss/owner banned MW popcorn but we had lots of employees from Africa where partner company was located and microwaved fish was a regular thing.

                                    1. re: tcamp

                                      I love popcorn and loathe fish. I would much rather smell fish than MW popcorn.

                                2. I'll eat fish that doesn't smell, so that usually means cold dishes. Poached salmon, tuna salad, or a cold shrimp or calamari salad in oil and vinegar, which usually kills any fishy odors.

                                  1. I never used to get the "stinky food at work" problem. But then most people ate in a break room, or closed their office doors or went to eat. Now I work where about 5 people all bring their lunch and we eat at our desks. One days I smelled something I thought was a fresh horrid bowel movement. Nope, someone's lunch. A lot of the microwave asian-type meals seem to have a super pungent odor. I've never noticed a fish smell, but maybe no one is eating fish?

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                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                      That made me laugh.
                                      That is the problem in a nutshell...when you have to wonder if "that smell" is someone's poop, poor hygiene, a fart...or just lunch.... :)

                                      1. re: sedimental

                                        I particularly felt bad as I didn't realize someone was eating.... I was walking up from the back of the building and the food was on the other side of a cubicle wall... I assume the smell was coming from a mechanical room or the bathrooms off the hallway so I pipe right up as I walk in... man, I don't know what died back there but man it smells like sh*t.... yeah that was uncomfortable.

                                    2. I don't have an issue with cold fish items like tuna salad or poached salmon that aren't reheated. The problem with reheating fish in a microwave is that not only does the smell become airborne, but it also seems to stick to the microwave, so everytime you open the microwave door, you get a whiff.

                                      1. cold dishes? No problem at all.

                                        I used to work with a lady who insisted on microwaving her fish in the office -- I'm a huge fan of all sorts of fish and shellfish, but this stunk of ammonia (yeah, there was something wrong with the fish) and the stench hung in the air for days.

                                        I've never brought fish that needed to be reheated since.

                                        1. I don't like most reheated seafood so I don't do it. Our office is pretty strict about "smelly" foods but still people do it anyway, usually at off hours. I have to say those lean cuisine/WW frozen meals with any kind of seafood smell awful.

                                          The smelly food rules are extending out onto the work floor too not just the break room/pantry. We converted to open seating so everything travels-smells, voices, ringing phones, etc. One woman just started eating paleo and makes bacon and eggs or sausage and eggs in the pantry microwave every morning and then eats at her desk. While I love both bacon and sausage man do those smells linger! It is not unusual for people to comment as soon as they hit our floor. My guess is that it will be "banned" soon as well.

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                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                            The girl one desk over eats hot bacon every. single. morning.

                                            I'm vegetarian. The smell makes me turn green and want to toss my cookies. Thank goodness it looks like she's moving across the office to the far other side at the end of this week!
                                            In the meantime i've booked any and all meetings i have to go to for the mornings....

                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                              I hope that girl moves next to my desk. i don't mind smelling bacon every morning.

                                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                I would really dislike this as well. I'm not vegetarian, but I seem to be one of the few people who really dislikes bacon, and really, really dislikes the smell of it.

                                                I used to work at a camp where they cooked the bacon in the deep fryers. It was NOT a good day at work when I had to come in when they were cooking bacon for 350 people. The kitchen/dining areas were in the same building as my office.

                                                1. re: jw615

                                                  I like bacon, but there is such a thing as 'too much'

                                              2. re: foodieX2

                                                Open seating is like the 8th ring of hell. WTH, they got rid of it in the 50s for a reason. I was in a large corp transaction div a few years ago when someone justified their office with a door by eliminating cubes, and btw went to paperless at the same time. Result: we all lugged binders of paper to the car every day, and woe betide anyone who took "your" seat.

                                                1. re: Teague

                                                  It is the bastion of hell. Not only does our entire floor smell of bacon for hours (which once and while is fine but not every day) but the woman who just moved to the space next me has an ill mother in a nursing home. She is on the phone with the nursing home for at least an hour each day. While I feel sorry for her (I lost my mom recently) it is very disturbing to listen in great detail about bed sores and reactions to medication. It is also very uncomfortable listening to her to yell at the staff which is a regular occurrence. There are conference rooms we can use for private calls.

                                              3. It definitely depends on where you work - but I have no problem bringing fish to work. If there's a separate luncheon area to prep food, that helps. If you have to nuke the food w/in the cubicles then that can be an issue.

                                                I have a memory of "The Office" when Jim brought in a tuna fish sandwich his first day of work and was called "Tuna Fish" for months. That wouldn't bother me as I love tuna fish. I mostly eat my lunch outside after having a cube mate retch when I ate a banana w/in our confines. I honestly didn't know bananas smelled that bad.

                                                1. I partake of Filet-O-Fish at work.

                                                  1. I found this sign posted in an office kitchen a while back when I was visiting a client location.

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                                                      1. It's a no. I would do my best to be considerate of my coworkers and not reheat fish leftovers, I don't feel that tuna salad is a stinky food.

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                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                          Fish hater here. I would rather smell your fish than MW popcorn or most Lean Cuisine meals I've smelled.

                                                          1. re: debbiel

                                                            Yea, very big of you, but I wouldn't subject you to any of it.

                                                        2. People eat fresh durian in my office - I doubt fish would raise an eyebrow.

                                                          1. Does eating sushi counts ?


                                                            1. If it requires reheating forget it. Sometimes I will take it out and let it come slowly to room temperature.

                                                              1. I've never worked anywhere that specific items were "forbidden" from being eaten.

                                                                Can I ask what type of company people work for that this seems like common practice?

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                                                                1. re: thimes

                                                                  If rather not name my company. While there are no official policy/procedures on forbidden food there are plenty of "unofficial" ones communicated via email and posted signs.

                                                                  I don't think anyone would be fired. Falls into that gray area of "are you a team player".

                                                                  Recently food allergies have been playing into it as well. One pantry has signs forbidding using the microwave for any foods containing tree nuts, peanuts and corn.

                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                    No, of course no company names.

                                                                    I'm just curious if these are large cubicle farm type companies - small 30 people offices - sales/retail type environments - etc.

                                                                    1. re: thimes

                                                                      the company I work for now doesn't have any written rules, but for the first time in my career, I actually work with adults who clean up after themselves and are considerate of one another.

                                                                      We're small -- only a handful of people in the office, pretty spread out in our own offices, and a separate kitchen area.

                                                                      We work in a black hole for options -- the only stuff that's close is utter junk -- so most everyone brings their lunch every day.

                                                                      Murphy's Law reigning as always, the funky smells linger forever, so everybody's pretty good about not bringing funky stuff.

                                                                2. My job makes free popcorn on Fridays for staff and customers. There's a movie theater type oil/corn popper back in the break room. It isn't microwave popcorn.. but after about 3-4 hours I get pretty nauseous yuckified by the stink depending on how many batches are getting fired up. As far as office politics, there are numerous signs like (use the scoop, don't get your germy hands on the corn) etc.
                                                                  The biggest food annoyance I have at work is I inherited a desk where there were candy jars sitting and apparently people fill them up and also put a bag of candy in one of my drawers. I so enjoy a) losing part of my desk acreage to shit I could care lessa bout b) dieting with candy on my desk c) people coming over and interrupting me to get said candy and d) candy in my drawer. Uck. I said about 3 months ago to my boss I would really not like that candy jar on my desk. It moved for about a week then returned.

                                                                  1. I have the same policy you do. Low smelling fish is okay in my book.

                                                                    In a very diverse work environment you need to be tolerate of everyone's diet.

                                                                    Just like you I take leftover salmon and make a mayo based salmon salad.

                                                                    I think complaining about the smells is just as rude and the one producing the smell.:P

                                                                    I think we should just be tolerant.

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                                                                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                      It's funny, I've asked a few people in the office and they are confused "why would I care, eat what you want."

                                                                    2. My one corporate job was in a cavernous open room with a bunch of cubicles cowering in the middle, but the break room was a small space off to one side. The only smell that would escape from there to pervade the huge space beyond was – yes! – microwave popcorn. Shortly after I started working there a bag of that caught fire in the microwave oven, not only stinking up the place with burnt corn and fake butter but burnt wiring and plastic. The new one came with a big sign from On High, and that was the end of the popcorn.

                                                                      A bunch of us did enjoy stinking up the breakroom, though – we were mostly computer geeks of one stripe or another, so this kind of undergraduate foolishness sort of comes with the territory. We would have a weekly Sardine Sandwich Day, preferably with onion sliced on the cutting board with the break room's pathetic dime-store knife. I told Mrs. O about that when she asked me to please put no onion in the white-bean salad I made for her lunches, since she didn't want to offend any fellow lunchers, and she just said how glad she never had to work with the likes of us.

                                                                      1. I've only worked in a few places and don't currently work. One spot was pretty much open season for whatever you wanted to bring, but we did food heating in a large kitchen with a very good vent system.

                                                                        In my other job, there was no outright prohibitions, but we commonly had at least one pregnant worker on staff pretty much all the time, so people were courteous about what they heated or brought into the building.

                                                                        1. tuna fish in a salad yes

                                                                          thai curry mackerel no

                                                                          1. well, yesterday i heated up some tomato spinach soup with cod in the communal microwave.

                                                                            no complaints

                                                                            1. Hold on - the Japanese are working on 'no smell fish.'

                                                                              1. Just yesterday I walked into the break room to reheat my lunch and it reeked of fish. I think the lady in there had reheated fried whiting. The smell was pretty strong in that room but it stayed within the room since the door was closed. Though, many people were upset.

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                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                  That happens at least once a month. Still, it's marginally preferrable to the guy who microwaves sulphur-ey hardboiled eggs then throws out the yolk. Why not just nuke the whites which have no smell? Bewildering.

                                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                    The sulfur in eggs is mostly in the whites which reacts with the iron in the yolk to make that awful smell. Perhaps if the iron were removed, it would lesson the odor, though that story is still quite hilarious.

                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                      I Used to hate them just for that reason until I started pricking a hole in the egg with a needle to let the gas escape. No smell.

                                                                                2. At previous work place I could only bring in tuna salad and the very occasional and infrequent ca kho (usually salmon). I once brought in takeout fried fish and immediately my mgr said no more fried fish. Current work place tells me I can bring whatever I want to bring and so far only done tuna salad. But my current co-workers are more tolerant of my different foods. I wish I lived closer to work so I could just go home for lunches.

                                                                                  1. I work in a large office. One of my coworkers frequently brings canned salmon for lunch. For awhile, she was walking clear down the hall to the file room directly behind me, and draining her can of salmon in the trash receptacle in that file room. Why? Who knows. But that file room would smell like salmon the rest of the day (and I love salmon). I finally had to ask her to drain the fish in the kitchen.

                                                                                    I realize this doesn't answer your question. I do bring fish occasionally and heat it up in the microwave, if necessary. I've never had anyone complain.

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                                                                                    1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                      I agree, the draining is very smelly. I think canned tuna and salmon are fine when cold or room temperature as long as they have been prepared at home. I feel similarly about boiled eggs. If you make egg salad at home it doesn't seem to reek as much by the time you eat it.

                                                                                      1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                        I just drain the tuna down the sink drain (it's just water, after all...) then rinse the can when I've emptied it.

                                                                                        Pretty much eliminates all the odor.

                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                          "it's just water, after all."

                                                                                          IF it really was JUST water! :-)

                                                                                          1. re: jounipesonen

                                                                                            salt, juice...whatevs. Not like it's going to hurt a kitchen sink.

                                                                                      2. I don't eat fish and generally could care less what you eat.


                                                                                        The smell of hot stinky fish does not go away when you finish eating it. Its like the gift that just keeps on giving all. day. long.

                                                                                        It depends on the workplace situation and kitchen set up. If the kitchen is totally seperate and well ventilated away from desks and work area then who cares. But too often where i have been working that is not the case.... Common courtsey would be to not microwave stinky foods and/or eat them at your desk near coworkers.

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                                                                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                          "Common courtesy"

                                                                                          I googled it - couldn't find it anywhere. I think there's been a content filter on for years now.

                                                                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                            I agree with that courtesy. I asked this question at work and someone chimed in that he was still upset and confused as to why someone put his eggs in his desk. Apparently he peeled 6 boiled eggs, then was paged and left the office for 20 minutes and came back to find the eggs missing. A fellow coworker had stashed them in his drawer to reduce the awful smell. He waved an empty bag in front of my face yesterday and it still reeked. I kindly asked him to deposit that bag in a trash can elsewhere.

                                                                                          2. I worked with the meat eaters and not the vegetarians in our little farm last night. We all retreated to the kitchen to nuke our food, then returned and ate at our desks. I got a couple of whiffs of delicious bbq smell. Then that was it. Tonight I eat with the vegetarians.....

                                                                                            1. I often bring cold, fried spotted weakfish fillets to work for lunch. I dare not leaving them in the frig because they tend to disappear, and not to the garbage can!!

                                                                                              1. My boss is one of the kindest people I've ever met. The only time I've seen him come close to firing someone in a rage was when they microwaved fish in the office.

                                                                                                That woman was fired shortly thereafter, and I think it was largely due to her general obliviousness towards manners and courtesy.

                                                                                                I'm seeing a lot of comments here from people who microwave fish at work and don't receive any complaints from coworkers. Please believe me: people are talking about you behind your back.

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                                                                                                1. re: Papuli

                                                                                                  "The only time I've seen him come close to firing someone in a rage was when they microwaved fish in the office."

                                                                                                  I'd rather have a coworker microwave fish in my office every day than work for someone who would have that kind of reaction to someone heating up their lunch.

                                                                                                  1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                    Well, this is the internet, so that was hyperbole.

                                                                                                    Also, again, the smell of microwaved fish is truly horrifying.

                                                                                                  2. re: Papuli

                                                                                                    As someone who used to be an employer, I really, really wish that my worst problem with employees was microwaving fish.

                                                                                                    Would have made things a LOT easier.

                                                                                                  3. Microwave it with some kimchee and nobody will ever complain about the smell of your fish.

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                                                                                                    1. re: emu48

                                                                                                      with kimchee, mmmm, that helps, but...

                                                                                                    2. I had one co-worker who could smell anything. I'd bring in cold salmon from last nite's dinner and not heat it up, but she'd smell it from her cube, but she usually said it smells good, how did you make it, you cook good, etc. No complaints, just compliments and recipe requests. One time at another job, I brought in home made Manhattan clamchower that I had added squid to. A co-worker (my sister-in-law) came over and asked "what are you eating?" I picked up the spoon with tentacles on it and said "clam chowder" She jumped about two feet backwards out of my cubicle.

                                                                                                      1. I worked in a small, family-owned bank credit dept once, any food smells were strongly discouraged. Pretty much, no one ate there, you would take your lunch outside, and the microwave was strictly for - well, nothing really. Skinniest bankers I've ever seen, at that place :) Also, in the (mostly staff) bathroom, they had the largest collection of aerosol air purifiers I have ever seen, there had to be 25 bottles lined up on the counter. I found this to be completely hilarious, and very much in keeping with the whole place. You couldn't fix problems (something didn't balance etc) in any kind of straightforward way, it required many inputs in secret and some sort of adjustment by some person who was not in charge, but who had an unofficial dispensation to make adjustments which would not have to be acknowledged by an officer. Just insanity.

                                                                                                        That said, I don't microwave fish at work, that's just not cool. I love fish, and cauliflower, and various other smelly foods, but don't feel the need to inflict this on my coworkers.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Teague

                                                                                                          Teague - "dare not sit down in fear of sucking up the furniture"

                                                                                                        2. A staff member from another department used out department's microwave to reheat crab cakes....gag!

                                                                                                          1. For me - it's not a fish question - it's a question of having foods with strong odors at the workplace. I wouldn't reheat strongly odored food at work - it seems thoughtless. People of course should be able to eat what they want, or what is cultural to them, but - - - even so - - - when you are in a society of people there are things to consider.

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                                                                                                            1. re: SamuelAt

                                                                                                              Just like some people have a heightened sense of taste, some have a heightened sense of smell. Seems to me the perpetrators just don't think the stuff smells bad. It's like bad breath; you have a hard time smelling your own. And like vision and hearing, sometimes one's olfactory senses dull with age. Kinda explains why great grandma smells the way she does.

                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                That's true! But I wonder if people think about the difference between microwaving stuffed cabbage at work vs. a cup of coffee or hamburger...

                                                                                                            2. I'd rather this than someone coming up from a cigarette break.

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                                                                                                              1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                How about someone coming from a cigarette break having eaten garlic and raw onions for lunch, then nuking a sardine sandwich for their afternoon snack?

                                                                                                                The adult equivalent of that weird kid on the playground who smelled like milk and B.O.

                                                                                                                As an aside though--people with bad garlic/onion breath are the worst offenders IMHO. My (very sweet) new physical therapist reeked of both during our session on Wednesday and I had to stealthily hold my breath for the duration.

                                                                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                  Ugh... milk breath makes me want to gag! Even with babies.

                                                                                                              2. This reminds me of the time a colleague brought me some dried squid at work and showed me how you could just heat a piece in the microwave to eat directly as a snack.

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                                                                                                                1. re: GH1618

                                                                                                                  and?? did it smell? How did it taste?

                                                                                                                  We need to know!

                                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                    Let's just say it got everyone's attention. Try it!

                                                                                                                    A dried squid looks something like those sandals from India that were made of water buffalo hide that I wore in the 1960's. Suprisingly, however, toasted dried squid is somewhat tastier than shoe leather. It was a long time ago, so I don't remember exactly. It has never occured to me to repeat the experience.

                                                                                                                    1. re: GH1618

                                                                                                                      Yumm...smelly stuff but stuff I'd only eat at home. I love dried fish

                                                                                                                2. Was leafing through an old issue of Bon Appetit yesterday and there was a feature on "Work Lunches." There was also a big bolded note in the margin about not reheating things that smell in the communal microwave, like fish or cabbage.

                                                                                                                  1. Google: Jim Rome Fish Alarm.

                                                                                                                    1. I thought of this thread yesterday!

                                                                                                                      Someone heated up a frozen spinach souffle frozen entree thing that apparently contains egg in it. The whole breakroom and hallway smelled like egg for hours. I could smell it in my office too. Horrible!!!

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