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Food Shame -- What is a fairly common food that you've never tried. Even though you are probably an adult now and can go and try whatever you want?

My current secret common food I haven't tried shame -- "Tamales"

I've worked in many businesses where coworkers had very authentic cook relatives bring them to work. Live in a city with many places I could have tried them. I watch shows about how to make them.

My shame? I'm not exactly sure how to eat them so i avoid them. What is you secret common food you just haven't tried. and feel maybe guilty, or maybe not guilty about.

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  1. As to the tamales, you just peel back the husks and dig in! Not much to it. I think you should try one--authentic tamales are like nothing else you'll ever eat.

    My list is too long to even get into.

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    1. re: nothingswrong

      I swear, I was watching some dumb show on food network and I saw the host eat part of the husk. Seriously... do I eat the husk or not. I want to say not.

      1. re: Firegoat

        Don't eat the husk. You wouldn't eat the husk from an ear of corn on the cob, right?

        When you get into southern Mexico, sometimes a banana leaf replaces the corn husk as the wrapper, don't need to eat that either.

        Enjoy.

        1. re: Firegoat

          That's like eating walnut shells or pistachio shells. You can certainly do it mechanically, but there's no reason to either nutritionally or taste-wise.

          1. re: Firegoat

            We refer to some of those shows as "dumb shows" because some of them are indeed dumb :)

            Don't eat the husk. Just peel it back and eat.

            I haven't had a tamale in many years, but my Mexican nanny took me to eat them every week when I was a kid. We would take the bus to an old Mexican lady's house and walk up to the back door of her kitchen, where she sold several flavors of tamales out the back for a buck apiece. There was always a line of men, women, children. Still the best tamales I've ever had, no doubt because they were made with a recipe that had been tweaked and practiced for decades.

        2. After decades of being a habitual experimenter, I struggle to think of anything common that I haven't tried.

          I do sometimes wonder what to make of a few foods that I have so far resisted from a sense of unease, which is at odds with my more general rule to try anything once, at least. I have passed on sweetbreads, for example. But I've tried other things that gross out many Americans (say, chicken feet; and a surprising number of Americans just won't go near seafood apart maybe from canned tuna, if that).

          And as for tamales: yum!

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          1. re: Bada Bing

            Had the opportunity to try chicken feet last weekend but had to pass it up. Couldn't deal with the way the bones felt between my chopsticks.

            Love oysters though.

          2. I was going to type raw oysters. Then I thought about it. Why should I feel shame about not eating something which appears to be unappetizing?

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            1. re: RelishPDX

              You shouldn't feel shame about it, you should just try it, at least once. It seems really limiting to never try things just because they appear unappetizing. That's just me though.

              1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                When there's such a bounty of things to try which do appear appetizing, why waste my time on things which do not? Instead of limiting, it's actually quite freeing not to have to feel as if I must bow to peer pressure or dares to eat something.

                It isn't going to matter one bit when I'm dead and dust whether I've tried a raw oyster or not.

                1. re: RelishPDX

                  I often agree with your line of logic in other areas so I totally get what you are saying. Though, with food, I've found that I like to try a lot of things. I've certainly found some great stuff that way, and it seems like the benefits outweigh the costs drastically, but that's just me.

                  MY rationale is: If you have to try 25 new things to find 1 thing you really like, it seems worth if if you eat the thing you like 25 more times in your life.

                  Example: oxtail doesn't look particularly appetizing but it's some great stuff.
                  For what it's worth, when you are dead, nothing will matter. That doesn't really have a lot to do with trying food though.

                  1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                    If you read some of my post history, you’ll see that I’m the curious type who’ll add Kool-Aid lemonade powder to hollandaise to try out someone’s suggestion, or spend a couple of hours at a pan-Asian store poking around, delighted at finding new things. But in order to try a new recipe, technique, or food, there must be an appetizing element behind it.

                    In my youth, my parents went on a health food kick in the early 60s. I happily ate tofu back then when the only way you could buy it was to hail down the produce guy at the Co-op store to whack a piece off the huge cake of it sitting in a galvanized metal tub in the store room’s refridgerator, which was then packed in a Chinese food to-go carton with the weight and price on it. No pretty little pre-packed plastic tubs of it of varying texture and firmness, no sir. It was just tofu. Take it or leave it.

                    My sister and I even choked down “green drink” (a concoction I later found out was raw sunflower seeds soaked overnight in pineapple juice, whizzed up in our old Waring blender with all sorts of raw greens), after my parents at least put the reward of a maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass for finishing it, sort of like finding the prize in a box of Cracker Jack. Chocolate wasn’t allowed, so we ate those carob-coconut bars instead for a sweet treat, and settled for Nesquik strawberry flavoring instead of Bosco in the cottage cheese-based smoothie we also had to down—that was dubbed “pink drink”.

                    The irony of it all is that while my parents were stuffing my sister and I full of “healthy” whole grains and Roman Meal bread, I was developing what has been diagnosed as refractory sprue—having had undetected celiac disease for so long that it’s now untreatable even by the GF diet.

                    Does something look or sound appetizing? If yes, I’ll give it a go to satisfy my natural curiosity and adventurism. Not everything pans out, and many things I don’t try again for one reason or another.

                    I’m an adult now. I absolutely refuse to accept guilt, shame or judgment over my food choices. If that isn’t up to someone else’s standards, so be it. That’s for them to tough out, not me.

                    1. re: RelishPDX

                      I think we had the same parents. Oh god, the ever-present loaves of Roman Meal bread!!! Also, "dessert" in our house was often prunes (before they were re-branded with the more pleasant name of "dried plums," of course). And co-op peanut butter, with the oil floating on top of the re-used jar we brought in. We should start a separate thread called "How my hippie parents tried to kill me with healthy whole foods..." ;)

                      1. re: team_cake

                        «"How my hippie parents tried to kill me with healthy whole foods..."»

                        LOL! I'm game. Although our stories would probably scare the heebee jeebees out of half of the Special Diets board. ;)

                        When I think of all the money they spent on not just the food, but sourcing the food as well, my parents should have just sent off a check to a faith healer every month instead, for all the good it did in the end.

                        1. re: RelishPDX

                          oh lord - too funny and reminds of me of a roommate I had in SF, we'd gather all the jars and bags in the house marked with the tare weight and spend most of the afternoon taking the bus to (IIRC) the Rainbow Market to stock up on flavorless stuff. eh I wasn't doing anything better and she was fun to hang out with.

                          1. re: RelishPDX

                            Unfortunately, I think I was one of those hippie parents :/
                            Lol. I tried to make it all "tasty" !

                            I used to grind/ toast/bake all of my own "whole grain" breads, make wheat grass smoothies, etc. now that I have a grown kid that is gluten intolerant and another one that bloats at wheat...I wonder if we didn't cause all these problems in the population :(
                            Seriously, history will tell....

                          2. re: team_cake

                            Great idea for a thread. I've always wondered if anyone else had to eat slimy tofu fished out of huge five gallon vats at the food co-op. Or homemade tempeh after it "cured" on the counter for a week. And the textured vegetable protein my mother put in everything -- from bread to spaghetti sauce. I remember my mother squeezing bean curd through cheesecloth and wondering how I was going to slip that to the dog - and if he was even going to eat it. And then the invention of the Vita Mix -- God only knows what was in all those strange colored chalky drinks.

                            1. re: Jenifood

                              Probably wheatgrass and spirulina, with a bit of rose hips and kelp.....mmmmm....

                        2. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                          Oxtail us a braising cut. You eat the meat so who cares what bone it comes off from.

                    2. re: RelishPDX

                      RelishPDX I held out on raw oysters until I was sixteen or so. The key is not to eat just one, it took six or seven until I was hooked for life. Now, fried eggs and hard boiled, I will never eat. I tried scrambled and hated them, no eggs for me.

                      1. re: James Cristinian

                        I had the same experience with oysters, only recently started eating them and now I can't get enough.

                        1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                          I never met an oyster I didn't like, Rockefeller, fried, broiled, or raw you name it, I'll eat it.

                        2. re: James Cristinian

                          Hard boiled is on my list. Have had a bite in things and I don't like it. Refuse to take a bite of a whole one.

                        3. re: RelishPDX

                          Oysters, clams and mussels are OK if you devein them first.

                            1. re: chococat

                              I leave them in a bucket of clean water for a day or so. Amazing how much black "sand" accumulates in the bottom.

                              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                I sometimes see people recommend putting cornmeal in the water, the idea apparently being that the cornmeal irritates the molluscs leading them to release more sand. Any truth to that?

                                (I have tried it but never in a side-by-side impression. I suspect the cornmeal itself is somewhat gritty so it APPEARS that more sand has been released, even if that's not actually true.)

                                1. re: drongo

                                  I've heard it gets eaten and helps to 'clean out' the bivalve's GI tract, like how one feeds snails green leafies for a while before cooking

                            2. re: emu48

                              I assume you mean de-beard the mussels? Clams and oysters don't have beards. They go for the clean shaven look.

                          1. I can't think of anything . And I wouldn't be ashamed in any case.

                            1. chitlin's (AKA pork chitterlings) and I have no excuse.

                              1. Here's my short list (even though it's not what's considered fairly "common"):

                                Sea urchin (uh, no UNI either)
                                Chicken feet
                                Goose (no FOIE GRAS either)
                                Nutria

                                I have NO guilt, and no shame passing on this stuff.

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                                1. re: Cheese Boy

                                  how can one eat urchin and NOT eat Uni? and that one IS an acquired taste.

                                  1. re: hill food

                                    I don't want to confuse anyone, but by UNI, I just meant
                                    sea urchin as sushi.

                                    I have seen sea urchin cooked in its shell (on a BBQ grill).
                                    THAT sea urchin is not what I would consider sushi grade.

                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                      OK gotcha - I was having trouble figuring out what else one can scoop out of that beautiful spiny golf ball. and I DO intend to grill ones I harvested myself in shell someday.

                                2. I am not ashamed of any foods I eat or don't eat.

                                  And I will probably get my native New Englander card pulled but I don't eat oysters. They look like,feel and (I, imagine) taste like cold phlegm. I put one in my mouth once, instantly gagged and spit it out. These were freshly dug and shucked specimens that everyone else was moaning over. I feel no shame.

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                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                    I hate raw oysters too. I'm from Québec, not directly on the coast by any means, but they are a common treat here. It doesn't matter - more oysters for my friends.

                                    I do like them cooked in a chowder or otherwise (I love fish and seafood) just not raw. I hate the texture. No problem with raw fish preparations.

                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                      I don't think that counts, since you did try it. I haven't tried a raw oyster either. I don't like cooked oysters (and yes, I've tried them) and I don't like slimy things generally, so why set myself up for a bad experience?

                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                        When my niece was in medical school I was showing her how to poach oysters in their own liquid. Her anatomical observation was "Oh, now I see---when they are raw they look like vulvas and you know they are done when they look like testicles".

                                      2. I tackled raw oysters a few years ago. Just went to the oyster shucker himself and asked for help and he walked me through it.

                                        Mussels. Also on my list. i don't know how to eat them properly.

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                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                          Eating oysters and mussels is simple, just squash between tongue and the roof of the mouth. Enjoy the juicy goodness.

                                          1. re: James Cristinian

                                            This is where you and I will have to disagree. Mussels shouldn't be slurped like oysters. I think topped with garlicky breadcrumbs and broiled to golden goodness is best:-)

                                            1. re: miss_belle

                                              What makes you think that oysters should be "slurped"?

                                              1. re: Virginian

                                                "Slurp" is just a word I see commonly used when it comes to oysters on the half. I much prefer using a fork myself.

                                                1. re: Virginian

                                                  By slurping you get both the brine and the texture of the oyster -I couldn't live without that "whole oyster" experience.

                                                  (Someone above mentioned letting oysters sit in a bucket of fresh water for a day, which I feel deprives it of the delicacy of the taste.)

                                                  1. re: Virginian

                                                    When you slurp an oyster, you get both the brine and the texture of the oyster itself together: I couldn't live without that "whole oyster" experience!

                                                    (Someone above suggests leaving oysters in a bucket of fresh water for a day, but that seriously diminishes their taste -negates it, even.)

                                              2. re: Firegoat

                                                Yes. Any raw shellfish. Tried it once. My sister eats them and although I know they are a delicacy the oysters taste like ass. Sorry. I will try the raw tuna and the crabmeat in sushi, though

                                              3. I will say that thanks to expert guidance from the guy at Winchells Oyster House I survived the raw oysters. They were "fine."

                                                Would I ever have one again. No, I think I've done that.

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                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                  Mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and some parsley or cilantro..You don't have to eat mussels raw to enjoy them.

                                                2. most things chocolate or orange, as i am allergic to both and prefer not to have hives. that rules out things such as s'mores, chocolate cake, etc. i've also never had a lobster roll, caramel apple, deep dish pizza, reuben sandwich (hate rye...), or white castle sliders. and i'm sure more. no guilt and hopefully i'll eventually get around to trying anything i'm not allergic to.

                                                  1. I feel like I should try snails at least once, because that's my usual personal rule with food--try everything once. Also, my father LOVES escargot and the way he raves about them makes me think I'd probably like them, too. I just can't get past thinking of them as the garden snails or slugs that completely upset me. Just have a primal UGH reaction to snails/slugs, so I cannot bring myself to try eating one, even cooked and slathered in garlic and butter. No.

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                                                    1. re: team_cake

                                                      I had them one time. In a ceramic multi shell type dish bathed in garlic butter and broiled with gruyere. Served with French bread and puff pastry squares. Absolutely delicious.

                                                      1. re: team_cake

                                                        team - if you like mushrooms, you may like snails. bake 'em in a phyllo wrapper.

                                                        I know I'm bordering on that ass who says "well you just haven't tried it MY way" but I eat em straight off the plate.

                                                        1. re: team_cake

                                                          Have tried snails once...that is once...I don't like bugs as well.

                                                          1. re: team_cake

                                                            I've forced myself to try them twice - in two different preparations - once with the garlic butter and once baked into a cheesy/pastry appetizer thing. Both at very upscale, nice restaurants that knew what they were doing. Same response both times - loved the surroundings, but otherwise it was just a chewy unpleasantness. I'd rather just eat the garlic butter.

                                                            1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                              If they were chewy it is often a sign of canned ones. Try to find a restaurant which uses fresh ones (and knows how to prepare them) - very tender, flavorful meat

                                                            2. re: team_cake

                                                              Ah, someone else with the snail/slug aversion. I can't bear to be around them, so I'm not going to eat one, either.

                                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                I always think it's odd that slugs aren't eaten, possibly Slugs Vinaigrette on a little lettuce. Pure protein, no shell or bone to contend with. But I'm not volunteering.

                                                                1. re: Querencia

                                                                  Some people eat slugs, but apparently not very good. E.g. see this NY Times article: 'The most succesful entries were those that hid the slugs, which are said to have the fibrous texture of abalone and virtually no taste. ''One of the parameters for the judges is how unnoticeable they are,'' said John Rhodes, the chef at Fife's, who prepared a slug focaccia, after the Italian bread. ''I thought if I hid them in the dough, all diced up, it wouldn't be too horrible.''' http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/22/us/...

                                                              2. re: team_cake

                                                                "Marie, now just stay calm. Stay calm. Don’t look down, don’t look down! Look up! Just keep your eyes up and keep them that way, o.k.! Waiter there are snails on her plate. Now get them out of here before she sees them! Look away, just look away, keep your eyes that way! You would think that in a fancy restaurant at these prices you could keep the snails off the food! There are so many snails there you can’t even see the food! Now take those away and bring us those melted cheese sandwich appetizers you talked me out of!"

                                                                -Navin Johnson

                                                                1. re: 4X4

                                                                  I especially loved Ms. Peters's little squeaks of distress throughout that scene.

                                                                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                    Navin also complained about not being served "fresh" wine. :)

                                                              3. Abalone. It was common growning up at the beach in So Cal but I hated fish when I was a kid. Now that I am sure I'd love it, it is expensive and hard to find. Not ashamed but regretful.

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                                                                1. re: escondido123

                                                                  We had it at one place in Houston back in the 70's, and I liked it. My high school/college girlfriend loved it, I think because it was wildly expensive, and she liked everything wildly expensive.

                                                                2. Foie Gras. Living in California they made another stupid law. I'm late to that party.

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                                                                  1. re: emglow101

                                                                    Anything that's banned in California is most definitely worth trying.

                                                                  2. Fried chicken
                                                                    Meatballs
                                                                    Pulled pork
                                                                    Ribs

                                                                    The list goes on and on.... Maybe i tried a few at some point before i became a vegetarian at the age of 11 but, i certainly don't remember anything except always hating bacon.

                                                                    No shame here, and no intention of changing the veg status either....
                                                                    I'm ok with that, although occasionally worry about offending others ( like when offered local delicacies overseas ).

                                                                    1. I can't think of a single food that shames me for not trying it.

                                                                      But I will say that I am a wee bit embarrassed to admit I've never had Thai food. Maybe one of these days.

                                                                      1. I'm not ashamed of it - I've never tried Nutella. Because I'm sure that once I tried it, I'd start having it at every meal. And frequently in between meals.

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                                                                        1. re: 512window

                                                                          ahh Nutella is good, but not that great, I like to use it in a recipe for what would have been peanut butter cookies rather than as a spread.

                                                                          1. re: 512window

                                                                            Nutella is nothing big. The first ingredient is sugar, the second is palm/vegetable oil. Hazelnuts are something like only 12-15% of the total. If you have a FP its much more tasty to make your own so don't ever do that because you are right, you won't stop eating it!

                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                              I'm kind of worried that it might be a gateway drug.

                                                                              I loooooove hazelnuts.

                                                                            2. re: 512window

                                                                              Me neither. I have a strong dislike of hazelnuts, so I probably won't try Nutella.

                                                                              1. re: 512window

                                                                                Plus you'll start to dream about eating it and what you're going to eat it next on. It should be a controlled substance.

                                                                                1. re: 512window

                                                                                  I remember when they first started advertising Nutella on TV. For kids on whole wheat toast for breakfast. Made with hazelnuts and a "hint" of cocoa trying to make it sound healthy. Then some woman filed a frivolous lawsuit because it wasn't healthy and that was the last I heard of "hint" of cocoa in the commercial.

                                                                                2. You're really missing out with the tamales.

                                                                                  My list is extensive. Off the top o' me head...

                                                                                  caviar
                                                                                  artichokes
                                                                                  oysters
                                                                                  squash
                                                                                  turnips
                                                                                  escargot
                                                                                  green peas
                                                                                  all beans except for pinto and green
                                                                                  strawberries

                                                                                  PS--I feel no guilt or shame for any of the above.

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                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                    You've never eaten peas or strawberries or any kind of squash? And you've never had any beans but pinto or green? How have you avoided even trying those foods at some point in your life? They're so common I imagine it must take real effort steer clear of them.

                                                                                    1. re: wasny

                                                                                      I'm wondering the same. My first thought was some sort of allergy.

                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                          I just thought PK must live on a boat, eating kelp, oysters, sea snails, and tilapia all day long.

                                                                                          1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                                            That theory makes a lot of sense, except how would he have missed out on the caviar?

                                                                                            1. re: wasny

                                                                                              The boat doesn't swim in sturgeon-filled waters?

                                                                                              1. re: wasny

                                                                                                Boat doesn't swim in sturgeon-infested waters?

                                                                                              2. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                                                I think he lives in a semi-arid area with little need for a boat.

                                                                                        2. I haven't tried caviar or foie gras. I don't feel ashamed, but I do feel a bit unsophisticated.
                                                                                          I would try them if they were in front of me.

                                                                                          1. I've never had gelato. Not for any particular reason, other than I try not to eat too many sweets, but the other day when the hospital cafeteria where I work had fat-free no-added-sugar pistachio frozen yogurt, I decided that I needed to seek out the real pistachio gelato, such as it is where I live.

                                                                                            1. I never tried blue cheese until about seven years ago. I always thought, ugh...moldy cheese, yuk! Then one day visiting my son and his family, my daughter in law put some olives out on the table. My granddaughter popped one in her mouth and spit it out, saying ewe that taste like puke! It was stuffed with blue cheese and I just had to try it. It was love at first bite. I had to buy some on the way home.

                                                                                              1. 1.Ceviche
                                                                                                2.oyster
                                                                                                3. mussels
                                                                                                I don't feel guilty about ceviche, I love fish just not like that.
                                                                                                Mussels I would like to try. I just never have.
                                                                                                Oysters don't look good to me at all.

                                                                                                1. Practically all seafood. I was at a wedding yesterday watching little kids eating all kinds seafood left and right and loving it. People couldn't get enough of the lobster. All I can do is take pleasure in their pleasure.

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                                                                                                  1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                    I've seen five year olds digging into piles of boiled crawfish. I love crawfish by the way am a little surprised it hasn't been mentioned, then again most parts of the country don't get the opportunity to try freshly boiled crawfish.

                                                                                                  2. Sushi. Yes, I know. Had a bad experience with wasabi (was told it was guacamole) and never tried again. However, I am gearing up to try it -- there is a place called Red Ginger in Newburgh NY that looks interesting. mrbuffer will not be accompanying me, however.

                                                                                                    1. This is a difficult one. I've tried just about anything I've been exposed to. There are some items I don't have to try again, but I've eaten some very 'interesting' things. Especially when traveling in Asia and Africa, and back in my wilderness guide days when practicing survival skills.

                                                                                                      I've never tried raw mussels, but I don't love raw clams or oysters, even if I've had them plenty of times. I'd much rather have mussels steamed, especially with wine, butter, garlic.

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                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                        Raw mussels? Where are mussels served raw? I love raw oysters, am indifferent to raw clams, but I have never seen mussels served raw. Always cooked in my experience.

                                                                                                      2. Calamari. I am ashamed only because my refusal to eat is based solely on my deep seated totally irrational fear of all cephlapods. Even a picture in a book or a glimpse of one on TV absolutely terrifies me. I've tried to tell myself that the way to overcome this would be to consume my enemy, but I just can't do it. No problem with other seafood, cooked or raw. Not a very neurotic person, with this very primal exception.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                          So ask for an order of rings only. Then no tentacles to freak you out.

                                                                                                          1. re: JMF

                                                                                                            I saw a video online of a family eating LIVE baby octopii . I can understand the squeamishness. I could never and never want to do that. I have previously tried fried calamari. It didn't crawl u my throat in the middle of the night and kill me.
                                                                                                            May I suggest to you a great movie (not great, horrible) called "The Calamari Wrestler?)

                                                                                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                              I've had the live baby octopuses...

                                                                                                          2. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                            >>>
                                                                                                            Even a picture in a book or a glimpse of one on TV absolutely terrifies me
                                                                                                            <<<

                                                                                                            So, I take it Squidward is not your favorite SpongeBob character?

                                                                                                            SpongeBob: "You've never had a Krabby Patty?!"

                                                                                                            SquidWard: "Eat one of those sludge balls you call food? I'd rather eat my own legs first… And not just the extra ones."

                                                                                                          3. I haven't tried tamales either, but I really want to. So far I've just been too lazy to make them myself, and being vegetarian, I have yet to find one on a menu that I can eat :( I'm not really ashamed of not trying them, but they are something I would really like to try that I haven't.

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                                                                                                            1. re: lizmari

                                                                                                              There are wonderful tamale filled with pumpkin and others filled with sweet corn -- just have to make sure they didn't used lard in the masa.

                                                                                                              1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                lard in the masa? good luck with that part - funny as recently someone was pointing out that a lot of restaurants in the US use lard, but deny it (due to the perception), whereas in Mexico (due to the cost) many claim they use it but really don't.

                                                                                                                1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                  I'm also veg and its reeeeaaallly hard to find a good tamale made without lard! I found some from a local supplier at a whole foods in CA, but those weren't especially great. Once in a while i'll come across them in a nice restaurant, but again not especially authentic (fancified filling combos)

                                                                                                                  1. re: escondido123

                                                                                                                    Are they difficult to make at home? Do you know of a good vegetarian recipe?

                                                                                                                    1. re: lizmari

                                                                                                                      difficult? no. time consuming? yes. get a few friends over and make an afternoon out of it.

                                                                                                                2. Durian. And I read there's a guy on Grand St in NYC who sells them (see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/nyr... ) so I can't make the excuse that I don't have access.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: drongo

                                                                                                                    They are sold all over Chinatown and in Asian supermarkets across the country.

                                                                                                                    Start out by ordering a durian shake at a Vietnamese or Thai restaurant. They use frozen durian which is just ripe, but not overripe where it starts to get very odorsome.

                                                                                                                      1. re: drongo

                                                                                                                        What's the "shame" in not eating durian?
                                                                                                                        It's not mainstream, at least in America.

                                                                                                                        It would be more of an oddity.

                                                                                                                      2. Clams on the half-shell. Not sure why, no aversion. I love raw (Eastern) oysters and cooked clams.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                                          Raw clams are, IMO, unpleasant. I love them cooked, and I can eat raw oysters (although they're not my favorite things), but raw clams are much tougher and unless you want to swallow them whole, they make for a very bouncy chewing experience!

                                                                                                                          1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                                            I agree with below that raw clams are
                                                                                                                            Unpleasant.

                                                                                                                          2. I've never tried scallops and everyone says they're awesome. Shame on me.

                                                                                                                            What is pathetic is that I really never ate mustard or salad dressings until a couple years ago. I'm 42. I can't fathom all those years of flavor I lost :(

                                                                                                                            1. I've never tried scallops and everyone says they're awesome. Shame on me.

                                                                                                                              1. The best I could come up with is Frito Pie.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                  Bento - well obviously you never attended a state university in a small US midwestern town and lived with a bunch of stoners.

                                                                                                                                  </scoffing tone>

                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                    True. Nor would I have encountered it while living in Jakarta.

                                                                                                                                    Are you a fan? What would be the hill food version of it?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                      layer of fritos, can of chile, cheese. hot sauce to taste (or if you want to get fancy, then fresh pico de gallo) maybe once every couple of years.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                        They were also popular at Little League games in Texas growing up in the 60's. Pretty much fritos in the bag and chili.

                                                                                                                                2. Scallops! Scallops look disgusting- all flaccid and pale. Blegh.

                                                                                                                                  Although, I had a tamale yesterday so maybe that evens me out :)

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                                    To me, grilled scallops re straight from heaven, they're so good

                                                                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                      there used to be an excellent fish market on my way home from work in Manhattan - I would pick up just a few beautiful and very expensive scallops for myself as a special treat on occasion (when I deserved it) wow they needed almost nothing - a quick sear some lemon and butter - heaven.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                        Scallops are the marshmallows of the sea!

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                                        Scallops are probably the best shellfish out there. A good scallop is a wondrous thing.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ferret

                                                                                                                                          I guess I never had a good scallop. A tasteless circle of white fish. Unremarkable in texture or appearance. Certainly not unpleasant in any way. Just a seafood mcnugget

                                                                                                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                              A fresh raw scallop is a truly wondrous thing. Or, take the raw scallop and sizzle on on a very hot grill for less than a minute. The key point is a crispy surface and a raw interior.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                I wholeheartedly agree. Or at worst a rare interior. Good quality, "dry", diver scallops, are a magical food.

                                                                                                                                        2. I've lived in the Washington DC area most of my life and have never tried Ethiopian. One of these days I'll try it and (hopefully) understand why it's so popular here.

                                                                                                                                          Also, sardines and anchovies. Just smelling them makes me gag.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                                            In DC, you have to experience Peruvian chicken, too!
                                                                                                                                            And Pho- well, the whole Eden center experience, actually.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                              I eat pho at least once a month, more often than that during the winter. My local pho joint is across the street from one of the best local Peruvian chicken places in the area. I usually get my rotisserie chicken (and Salvadoran and Mexican food) from a place a couple of miles from home. I get a half chicken and two sides for around $9.

                                                                                                                                              I've been meaning to check out Eden Center but haven't been yet. Also, still haven't been to Grace Garden. I'll get to both one of these days.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                                                It's great that you have Pho right across the street.

                                                                                                                                                I also have to try out some of these Mexican Chinese places I've been reading about.

                                                                                                                                                NoVa is a mecca for "ethnic" food- relatively cheap too.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I need to get to NoVa more. Wheaton and Silver Spring (much closer to me) too. Lots of good, cheap places in that area.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                                                    4x4, what do you like in Silver Spring? My brother just started working out there and I need a few ideas for places to meet for lunch.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                                                      I don't really know Silver Spring (where I was born!) very well, but I know SS and Wheaton are full of good, cheap ethnic places.

                                                                                                                                                      The Classics (formerly Rays The Classics) in Silver Spring is my family's goto place for special occasions. Great steak house, with reasonable prices.

                                                                                                                                                      Crisfield is a nice place for old school Maryland seafood.

                                                                                                                                                      Like I said in a previous post, I really need to start checking out more of the little ehtnic places in the area.

                                                                                                                                                      A good friend of mine recently tried Nava Thai in Wheaton and recommended it.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                                                        I used to work in Silver Spring and still go there to eat when I'm nearby. Crisfield's is the standard for seafood and if you like diner food, do not miss the classic Tastee Diner which nearly got trashed in the 1980's but was so popular that public uproar and petition saved it. Best bread pudding I have ever had anywhere.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: 4X4

                                                                                                                                                I think the main reason people like to go for Ethiopian is that it's fun and communal eating with your hands and stuff - I find the actual food ok but not super exciting .

                                                                                                                                                I was horrified by sardines and anchovies until I decided to start using them - and found I quite like them

                                                                                                                                              3. Scrapple - I just cant bring myself to eat it and have never encountered it where is would be rude to refuse

                                                                                                                                                Head Cheese

                                                                                                                                                Tripe

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                  I think if I didn't grow up in Philly, I'd probably never try it.

                                                                                                                                                2. Quinona

                                                                                                                                                  Rare in the restaurants in my area. I have no desire to search out another flavor of the year grain. Like couscous, bulgur, brown rice, etc. Which I have all had.

                                                                                                                                                  When it sells for4 $2 a pound at Big Lots, I may give it a try. Naked. Without something to give it a kick.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                                                    You don't have to eat it. It has become popular because it is extremely high in protein, and one of few (pseudo) grains with complete protein.

                                                                                                                                                    It is also gluten free, for those for whom that is an issue.

                                                                                                                                                    I don't think it will be a "flavour of the year". Here in Montréal, there are large Maghrebi and Levantine communities, so couscous and bulghur will never be just fads.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                                                      I've never had quinoa either or bulgur or farro

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                        Fldhky it surprises me that you've never had quinoa!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                                          I know. I think there's a long list of things I haven't had but I can't remember them since I've never had them :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                            There are some things that are worth the carbs. Quinoa isn't one of them. ;)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                            Quinoa sucks. I do like farro/wheat berries. Bulgur is ok.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: emu48

                                                                                                                                                            Don't forget the RC Cola and you have a complete southern breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                              RC Cola with a few salty peanuts floating in it, that is.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                Speaking of healthy breakfasts, I recently walked by a place near 1st Ave. and 14th in Manhattan that advertised Twix and coffee.

                                                                                                                                                            2. I'm so glad to read all the posts about "can't stand oysters", "I'd never eat an oyster!" etc.

                                                                                                                                                              That leaves more for me. It'd be a shame to waste a single one on someone who's gonna hate'm and say, "Well, I tried one and didn't like it!"

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gwill23

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, my best friend loves raw oysters. I don't hate oysters; just like them stewed. It is the texture I dislike (slimy), not the flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                They are very nutritious.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gwill23

                                                                                                                                                                  mmm raw oysters are one of my great food pleasures - and one of the food trends I can get behind - bring on the raw bars!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                    Are raw oysters a trend? I sure hope not. Boiled crawfish are more than a trend here in SE Texas, it's a way of life with prices accordingly. I hope oysters don't become hip, hip, hipster down here. They already have a solid following, I can do without others jumping on the band wagon.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                      trend in the sense that raw bars are showing up in more places - I find more of my friends like them, a decade ago I don't remember them being so popular with a younger crowd.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                        They were very popular with some of my high school/college friends in the late 70's, some but not many.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                          now I want to go for buck-a-shuck wed

                                                                                                                                                                          Oysters pair nicely with craft beer as they are easy to fetishize and wax poetically over obscure varieties and make your self feel knowledgeable and sophisticated

                                                                                                                                                                          oddly tacos are a trendy bar food here now - couple years ago you wont not find a taco anywhere - now they are ubiquitous

                                                                                                                                                                          trendy or not I could probably survive on oysters tacos and beer so i'll take it

                                                                                                                                                                          I could probably live on

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: gwill23

                                                                                                                                                                    «That leaves more for me.»

                                                                                                                                                                    That's the spirit! :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gwill23

                                                                                                                                                                      "Wasting" a good thing is a good point, and should be remembered by all of those who think people HAVE to try something they probably won't enjoy, just because their lives will somehow be lacking if they don't.

                                                                                                                                                                      More clams for you!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I've never had lobster. I'm sure I could get the hang of it by watching others around me, however. It seems so intimidating! All that cracking & picking...

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: UTgal

                                                                                                                                                                        You would really have a tough time with a blue crab if you try to tackle a mess.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: UTgal

                                                                                                                                                                            I've never had lobster either, but it's not because of intimidation. I love picking my way through shrimp, bivalves, crabs and crayfish. A grilled giant river prawn with ginger masala butter was one of the best things I've ever tasted. But for some reason or another I've never sat down in front of a lobster dinner. At this point I almost feel like I don't want to ruin a perfect streak by eating one.

                                                                                                                                                                            How does lobster taste compared to other kinds of shellfish?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                                                                                                                                If you like picking, pick through the knuckle, the quintessential part of the lobster. By the way, lobster tastes like frog legs, alligator, and rattlesnake, or not. Lobster tastes like lobster, the same answer I give to people when digging into a pile of crawfish. They peer over your shoulder and say something like, "Ew. what does it taste like?" The inevitable answer is, "Not to be a wiseguy, but crawfish tastes like crawfish." Again, lobster tastes like lobster.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. not really a common type of food but I have never had foie gras

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: spudnik15

                                                                                                                                                                                It is fairly common (but not cheap) here in Québec, and far more common in SW France.

                                                                                                                                                                                To be honest, I'm just of fond of duck livers that aren't force-fed. They are plenty rich anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. I was raised in a family that did not eat pork or seafood for religious reasons. As an adult I find it's hard to love certain foods that I haven't acquired a taste for in early life, like seafood and certain preparations of pork. Bacon was love at first taste, of course. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                I have eaten crab and shrimp and pork in various forms since. I usually like pork but I'm still not a huge seafood fan. I try, though. I admit I'm jealous of the paella my husband loves at a favorite restaurant of ours. I can't quite bring myself to try it...yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                Yesterday I took my husband out to dinner at a local seafood restaurant- his pick. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                He ordered the calimari appetizer. I decided to try a piece for the first time. It wasn't great but it wasn't awful like I thought it would be. I probably wouldn't order it myself but if my table mate did, I'd share it with no problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                Scratch 1 off my list. Gold star for me! ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                The only other thing I'm curious about/scared to try is lobster...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                                                                                                                                    Triple treif?

                                                                                                                                                                                    I knew a Muslim fellow who had immigrated here, following his Canadian bride, and who was working on a buliding site (though he had something like a master's degree in engineering, and later found a professional job). He enjoyed something called "ham sandwiches". Until the day someone said to him "Hey Abdel" (invented name), "I thought you people didn't eat pork!" He was devastated, but his spouse and his Imam told him he had done nothing wrong, as it was out of ignorance.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nowadays, of course, there is lots of kosher and halal smoked charcuterie...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the few times where ignorance = bliss.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. well tonight i checked one off my list

                                                                                                                                                                                  chicken gizzards

                                                                                                                                                                                  (ok I have probably had them processed into a mcnugget or something)

                                                                                                                                                                                  made up a batch in the pressure cooker for the doggies in my new effort to stop spending $$$$ on Blues Stew and/or feeding my little guy junk canned stuff

                                                                                                                                                                                  but I had to taste - it was just the gizzards - the rest of the dog food mix made separate - they were surprisingly... tasty, a bit rich but undeniably tasty - like dark meat X3 - could not eat a plate of them but could definitely see them in something - makes me wonder why we are obsessed with eating the blandest most flavorless version of chicken - BSCB- which I generally have little interest in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                    «makes me wonder why we are obsessed with eating the blandest most flavorless version of chicken - BSCB»

                                                                                                                                                                                    As an excuse for spicy green peppercorn cream sauce, is what I always thought. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: RelishPDX

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup. BSCB make a good blank canvas. Plus they're quick and easy to cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                      IIRC they eliminated someone from Top Chef once for using BSCB, with Tom Colicchio going on a rant about how bland and flavorless they are.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's all about prep, really, and good quality chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                      dredge a few in flour, saute, deglaze the pan and make something like a gravy for dirty rice. gizzards 'n' gravy

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                        I had to look that up; I have never heard that acronym.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I always use legs, unless I buy a whole chicken. I think that it is because there was a fad for extreme low-fat,though the calories in chicken legs are not much more than in the breasts, and a lot of the 1980s-1990s low-fat recipes added sugary things and other @#$% to the dishes to add some flavour, defeating the purpose.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Today I bought some very nice grain-fed legs from a good local producer. I think I'll simply roast them. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                          I adore gizzards. When I make chicken stock I throw in a bunch of gizzards to intensify the flavor of the broth, and then I eat the gizzards with a skewer and a little salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                            my husband likes them, my mother used to chop them up in dressing. I thought it ruined otherwise yummy dressing. But husband and I argue about that. My mother made bread dressing, his mother made cornbread dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Mystery about what bits are edible in tamales reminds me of mangos.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mangoes were becoming easily available in the 70's. The local Green Grocer tv news segment brought in mangoes. He cut a piece for the anchor and she thought it was nice and sweet, but the skin gave it a funny flavor. The Green Grocer explained people usually don't eat the skin. The anchor freaked out for a second but they had a laugh. Good times!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Lobster, crab cakes, and oh, so many fish. I always thought I'd hated sea foods because I'd always been served weird, cheap sea foods that were badly cooked. I have since tried salmon, mussels, crabs, etc but still a lot out there to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I have tried most everything, I'm an old farm girl. But I haven't tried Jerusalem artichokes-give me a good reason to and I'll give it a shot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TimsMom1

                                                                                                                                                                                                I like the taste of Jerusalem artichokes- a lot. I grow them and eat them in the winter, raw or roasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I haven't had tamales either, but I've had pupusas & sopes. I'm surprised at how many things I've tried, the biggest group I can think of that I haven't tried is some offal- I've had liver & sweetbreads, but not tripe, chitlins, kidneys, heart or brains (I think brains might be similar to sweetbreads, though). For seafood, no abalone or sea urchin, & maybe a few obscure veggies like crosnes & scorzonera.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Haven't had tamales, and hesitate to admit this, but I have never had a burrito either (I'm basically a Mexican food wimp!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also never had:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  anchovies
                                                                                                                                                                                                  papaya
                                                                                                                                                                                                  craisins
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and a zillion other things probably, but those are the ones that are popping into my head right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I live in Houston and have had many a tamale, however not all are created equally. The wifeacita makes a fine batch, and believe me it's an all day process. Now burritos, I had my first one about a year ago, I'm in my 50's, and did not enjoy it. I've also never had a chimichanga and never will. Many think burritos and chimichangas are Tex-Mex, trust me they are not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's just a deep-fried burrito- I'm not a big fan of either

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eh. Tamales are just steamed corn mush with various fillings. I don't think you're missing a whole lot. Many more interesting things to eat out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                        They are basically a comfort food. The sauce on the meat inside, or served with them, makes or breaks them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I guess you've never had good ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's what everyone always says about everything. It's just not my cuppa, corn mush. I don't care about the filling or the sauce. Really. 's ok. More for everyone else, amirite?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You are correct. They can have my share. I just don't care for the texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We have a foofy Tamale truck in Chicago. They have inventive fillings like duck confit with a plum sauce. Very nice twist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Put your papaya in a brown paper grocery bag and clamp the top shut with clothespins. Let it ripen until it almost looks past its time. Put it in the sink and give it a good scrubbing. Peel it and put chunks and slices in a covered container in the refrigerator. Eat papaya with a squeeze of fresh lime. Instantly, you are in the Caribbean. If you WERE there, papaya would be on your hotel breakfast buffet, with ocean waves breaking down on the beach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I just realized that fish is a REAL shortfall in my world. I've had salmon, flounder, cod, scrod, but beyond that...nothing else. How can that be? Seafood, on the other hand, pretty much all except crawfish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Feta and goat cheese are another couple, but I'm not a very adventurous cheese eater.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wouldn't call crawfish seafood, they live in muddy fresh water, but are delicious anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Two elderly maiden ladies have just arrived in Boston. In the taxi, they say, "Oh, how nice to be in Boston. Now we can get scrod." The taxi driver says, "I always wondered what the preterite of that verb was."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Tongue. My shame is based on my deeply flawed logic. I eat animals, and I know what parts I'm eating, but for some reason, tongue is just too real. How can you eat a cow's tongue? It seems like the craziest thing to do, and I don't know why!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                tongue is usually peeled and sliced thin if that helps...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm laughing pretty hard right now about how little that helps! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to try calling it gyutan like thirtyeyes said. I think the word "tongue" is what's throwing me off...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quite delicious. Fairly common in a good Japanese restaurant Sliced thin and grilled is the best way to try it for the first time. It is called gyutan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't explain it but in Argentina tongue is delicious, thinly sliced and tasting like veal, usually fixed "a la Portugesa" with a sauce of tomatoes and peppers and served with mashed potatoes. But in the States I find tongue disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "But in the States I find tongue disgusting." - Then you haven't eaten in the right places

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I can't believe it, but I've never had fois gras.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Run out and grab some. I introduced my kids to it years ago and they love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ferret

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here in LA it was banned at restaurants (I think). So I'll have to get it while I'm out of town. But I even worked at a French restaurant eons ago and never tried it. I'm like the New Yorker who never visited the Empire State Building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very easy to find here in Québec.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Headcheese. I know it's important to use all of the animal, but the visual aspect of a this stuff will just not let me put it in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Escargot. Tongue. Brains. Eyes. Rocky Mountain Oysters. Chicken Lips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. After seeing the Mango Tapioca Pudding recipe being promoted by Chow currently, I'm surprised that out of 217 replies, not one person said "tapioca pudding".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love it, but it's a lambasted and controversial dessert for many.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I've never had brains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've never eaten them either. (I can't believe no one else has said that yet.) And I can't see myself intentionally seeking them out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nor will I intentionally eat testicles. It's just the thought of what I would be eating. It hurts just to even think about it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ^ ^
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But this is not really a proper reply to this thread, because I feel no shame about not having either of these. Actually, I can't think of anything I can say I feel shame for not eating. I guess I don't shame easily.