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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.