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Title: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: veronaz on September 14, 2013, 08:52:12 PM
Funyuns!  For the first time.  Not bad.  Not something I'd buy a lot, but okay for a snack sometimes.

I like fried onion rings, but don't get them very often.
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Post by: #borecore on September 14, 2013, 10:10:12 PM
Funyuns are definitely a rare, not overly desirable unless I've got a weird craving food. The short-lived Wasabi Funyuns were better, I thought.

I finally tried caviar a while ago. Sometimes a first try (or tries--we had 4 quality varieties) is also a last. No thank you!
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Post by: Ser Lucien Liliane on September 14, 2013, 10:36:41 PM
Dubliner cheese. (There's a very, very, very large cheese display at the newly-renovated grocery nearby. I sort of picked a cheese at random. ;D)

It's really not bad! Definitely strong and salty with a sort of Swiss cheese aftertaste. I do like it though.
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Post by: Pen^2 on September 15, 2013, 12:45:29 AM
I had to Google what a funyun was! I had imagined it was something akin to a truffle :P

I finally tasted sea cucumber. Delicious! But the texture was revolting. Soup is the way to go.
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Post by: Julia Mercer on September 15, 2013, 12:55:18 AM
Guacamole! DH can't stand avocado, so when I was on vacation by myself in June, some new friends and I went to a taco place for dinner, and I ordered a taco salad with guacamole, it wasn't all that great, a tad too spicy for my taste, won't order that again!

The new Lays flavored chips, they were nasty! The Maple Moose tasted like building fire smoke, no maple taste whatsoever,  the Grilled Cheese and Ketchup tasted like sweet ketchup chips, the Perogy Platter was basically a mix of Sour Cream and Onion and Sour Cream and Bacon flavored chips, and the Caesar Salad was just ranch flavored, no garlic flavor whatsoever!

Funyons, haven't had them in a while, will definitely get them in the future!
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Post by: starry diadem on September 15, 2013, 01:33:46 AM
Guacamole! DH can't stand avocado, so when I was on vacation by myself in June, some new friends and I went to a taco place for dinner, and I ordered a taco salad with guacamole, it wasn't all that great, a tad too spicy for my taste, won't order that again!


I never eat guacamole unless it's one of those restaurants where they make it fresh in front of you. There is nothing to touch fresh guacamole -my mother and my niece both said they hated avocado until they tasted home-made guacamole -  but the commercial stuff in restaurants and from the supermarket is often an abomination.
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 15, 2013, 02:57:42 AM
Guacamole! DH can't stand avocado, so when I was on vacation by myself in June, some new friends and I went to a taco place for dinner, and I ordered a taco salad with guacamole, it wasn't all that great, a tad too spicy for my taste, won't order that again!


I never eat guacamole unless it's one of those restaurants where they make it fresh in front of you. There is nothing to touch fresh guacamole -my mother and my niece both said they hated avocado until they tasted home-made guacamole -  but the commercial stuff in restaurants and from the supermarket is often an abomination.

Agreed. Chipotle is the only restaurant whose guacamole I will eat - most places it is revolting.

Mine would probably be salmon. As a kid, I was forced to eat plain canned salmon with bones - blech! I finally worked up the nerve to try salmon at a restaurant recently, and I've been hooked ever since.
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Post by: onikenbai on September 15, 2013, 03:29:56 AM
The new Lays flavored chips, they were nasty! The Maple Moose tasted like building fire smoke, no maple taste whatsoever,  the Grilled Cheese and Ketchup tasted like sweet ketchup chips, the Perogy Platter was basically a mix of Sour Cream and Onion and Sour Cream and Bacon flavored chips, and the Caesar Salad was just ranch flavored, no garlic flavor whatsoever!

So it wasn't just me who looked that the flavour offerings and thought really?  We have to keep one of these?  Given the current bevy of options, I'm surprised there isn't a poutine contender, but I don't want to give them any ideas.  Some things just aren't meant to be made into snacks with a shelf life.
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Post by: pharmagal on September 15, 2013, 03:51:45 AM
My husband tried Frogs Legs last night.  There was no way he could convince me to try them. 
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Post by: readingchick on September 15, 2013, 05:36:39 AM
Sushi. I was in the local supermarket, saw it, decided what the heck and bought some.....it wasn't that bad!
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Post by: Venus193 on September 15, 2013, 06:20:10 AM
Blue cheese at the Bastille Day event.  Never again.
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Post by: mharbourgirl on September 15, 2013, 08:29:34 AM
So it wasn't just me who looked that the flavour offerings and thought really?  We have to keep one of these?  Given the current bevy of options, I'm surprised there isn't a poutine contender, but I don't want to give them any ideas.  Some things just aren't meant to be made into snacks with a shelf life.

Lays already has a Fries n' Gravy flavour, sorry.  At least they do here in the Maritimes.  ;D
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Post by: AmethystAnne on September 15, 2013, 10:11:56 AM
My sister and I went to a Shoney's restaurant. We split a serving of frogs legs. It was okay. But whoever prepared them used black pepper as the seasoning. Every bite after the 1st one, the pepper taste got more intense.

Is that the way it's supposed to be prepared?
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Post by: metallicafan on September 15, 2013, 11:04:04 AM
Sushi. Never again.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 15, 2013, 11:22:41 AM
My sister and I went to a Shoney's restaurant. We split a serving of frogs legs. It was okay. But whoever prepared them used black pepper as the seasoning. Every bite after the 1st one, the pepper taste got more intense.

Is that the way it's supposed to be prepared?

Frog sets can be prepared several ways.  My father always liked them breaded and pan fried like chicken.  A traditional French version includes garlic, onion and tomato. Both are delicious.

Black pepper is not the major ingredient when preparing frog legs.     
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: CorrieFan on September 15, 2013, 11:32:10 AM
Guinness. I'm not a beer fan but we were in an Irish themed pub for dinner  last night and one of the guys offered me a taste. No thanks in the future! I'll stick with cider.
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Post by: jaxsue on September 15, 2013, 12:39:57 PM
Sushi. Never again.

I'm with you! I tried it recently. We were at a restaurant with friends; they claimed the sushi was awesome. I can say I tried it, but I probably won't have it again.
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Post by: jaxsue on September 15, 2013, 12:41:56 PM
Guinness. I'm not a beer fan but we were in an Irish themed pub for dinner  last night and one of the guys offered me a taste. No thanks in the future! I'll stick with cider.

I drank a lot of Guinness when I was in N. Ireland, but they made shandies out of it, which was actually very tasty. There are many versions of shandies: lemonade, ginger ale, 7-Up. Try it!
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Post by: Missy2U on September 15, 2013, 12:45:57 PM
I had to Google what a funyun was! I had imagined it was something akin to a truffle :P

Oh Pen^2, I can't stop laughing - truffles - snort.  ;D  You made my day!!!

FunYuns are one of my most favorite guilty pleasures.  I can eat an entire bag during one Green Bay Packers game.  So I eat lots of them during the fall/winter.  They just GO with beer and football.

I am putthing this in very small type because everyone is going to laugh at me.  I finally tried lobster.  I'm 47 years old and my husband finally convinced me to try it.  I didn't like it. He said I should be glad that I finally TRIED it - I told him that was silly - I already KNEW I didn't like it so why should we have wasted the money just to confirm that I didn't like something I had never tried because I knew I wouldn't like it?  He rolls his eyes a lot, my husband does.  :)
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Post by: jaxsue on September 15, 2013, 12:49:19 PM
I had to Google what a funyun was! I had imagined it was something akin to a truffle :P

Oh Pen^2, I can't stop laughing - truffles - snort.  ;D  You made my day!!!

FunYuns are one of my most favorite guilty pleasures.  I can eat an entire bag during one Green Bay Packers game.  So I eat lots of them during the fall/winter.  They just GO with beer and football.

I am putthing this in very small type because everyone is going to laugh at me.  I finally tried lobster.  I'm 47 years old and my husband finally convinced me to try it.  I didn't like it. He said I should be glad that I finally TRIED it - I told him that was silly - I already KNEW I didn't like it so why should we have wasted the money just to confirm that I didn't like something I had never tried because I knew I wouldn't like it?  He rolls his eyes a lot, my husband does.  :)

My guilty pleasure is Bugles. I can't have them in the house - I'll eat the entire bag in one sitting!
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Post by: White Dragon on September 15, 2013, 02:04:27 PM
Haggis.

When I met Mr. Dragon 27 years ago, he told me about his culture's signature dish.
I was appalled at the idea.  :)

When we married - 25 years ago, I did commit to trying it.
I figured I'd eat a crumb, wash it down with something and never have to actually taste it.  ;D

Fast forward 15 or so years and I happen to come across a recipe for haggis.
And a light went on.

See, I had always known that haggis was made of sheep stomach (used like sausage casing), oats and organ meats (heart and lungs).
However, I had been under the impression that the source of the oatmeal was from inside the stomach. That is, that the stomach contents were removed, set aside, and used as part of the filling.

Imagine my joy to discover that this was Not the case. The contents are discarded and the oats are ordinary cooking oats.

Fast forward to last month. Mr. Dragon and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary with a trip to Scotland.
I figured that it was time to keep a 25 year promise and that if anyone was going to make this stuff edible, it was the people who invented it.  :)

I tried it 3 times. Twice with breakfast and once a vegetarian version with dinner. I also ate a dinner bun called a haggis, but apparently that doesn't count.

It's...not terrible. It tasted better than I expected, but I don't see myself acquiring a taste for it.

I also tried black pudding. It's also not too bad, but I just couldn't get past the fact that blood is one of the main ingredients.
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Post by: Layla Miller on September 15, 2013, 03:04:33 PM
Sushi. Never again.

I'm with you! I tried it recently. We were at a restaurant with friends; they claimed the sushi was awesome. I can say I tried it, but I probably won't have it again.

I'm so glad it's not just me!  Sometimes it seems like the entire world loves sushi...except me.  Some coworkers insisted I try it once, telling me over and over how good it was, so I optimistically tried a piece and hated it.  Not only that, but the taste stayed on my tongue for the rest of the day.  Maybe it's an acquired taste, but whenever I think about giving it another try I remember that first awful bite and shudder.  :(
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: veronaz on September 15, 2013, 03:06:18 PM
Sushi. Never again.

I'm with you! I tried it recently. We were at a restaurant with friends; they claimed the sushi was awesome. I can say I tried it, but I probably won't have it again.

I'm so glad it's not just me!  Sometimes it seems like the entire world loves sushi...except me.  Some coworkers insisted I try it once, telling me over and over how good it was, so I optimistically tried a piece and hated it.  Not only that, but the taste stayed on my tongue for the rest of the day.  Maybe it's an acquired taste, but whenever I think about giving it another try I remember that first awful bite and shudder.  :(

POD.

I tried sushi, twice.  I do not like it at all.  ugh
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Post by: Joeschmo on September 15, 2013, 03:21:55 PM
For all those who didn't care for sushi if you are still interested in why so many others enjoy it there are many variations of sushi with different ingredients.  It may have been an issue with one or more of the ingredients so you could order a different kind if you ever decided to give it another chance.
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 15, 2013, 03:46:08 PM
For all those who didn't care for sushi if you are still interested in why so many others enjoy it there are many variations of sushi with different ingredients.  It may have been an issue with one or more of the ingredients so you could order a different kind if you ever decided to give it another chance.

Yup. Sushi is such a broad term, like a burrito. You could taste a squid-goat cheese-and-horseradish burrito and think it's absolutely awful, but chances are there's some type of burrito out there that you'd enjoy.

My husband introduced me to sushi about two years ago. I started with an avocado and cream cheese roll and worked my way up to more exciting offerings. I really enjoy it now, but if I had started out with a strong-flavored fish roll, I know I never would have tried it again.
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Post by: suzieQ on September 15, 2013, 04:36:41 PM
Grapes! LOL It has been years, but I didn't try them for the very first time until I was in my 30's. I had tried muscadines and scuppernongs and didn't like those, so I didn't bother to try grapes. I love seedless grapes!

Had frog legs as a kid (won a dinner from a radio call in) and they are pretty good. Haven't had them since, but if I was offered, I would eat them again.

Steel cut oatmeal - tried it and quinoa for the first time ever last month. Love them both!
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Post by: Julia Mercer on September 15, 2013, 04:38:31 PM
Grits! Even with butter melted in them, they still have no taste to them, so whenever I am in Nashville with dsis, and we hit the Cracker Barrel, if my meal includes grits, I let her have mine, I won't touch them!
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Post by: Sharnita on September 15, 2013, 04:41:23 PM
I like grits with milk and sugar.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 15, 2013, 04:55:06 PM
I like my grits with cheese, salt, pepper, and butter.  yummy.

For those of you who don't like sushi..yay more for me :D.  I can eat it for hours and hours and hours.
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Post by: rose red on September 15, 2013, 05:04:55 PM
Crab rangoon.  I never eat them because I don't like cream cheese, but it's a friend's favorite and she kept raving that I should at least try it and she'll bet I'll get addicted.  So I tried.  Nope.  I don't like them.  More for her.
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Post by: ebrochu on September 15, 2013, 05:23:14 PM
Adding my voice to those that don't like sushi...

If you had the "raw fish" sushi, that's actually called sashimi, and it is a accquired taste. I love "sushi" and I still can't wrap my face around raw fish only.

I offer the idea that you might want to try "maki" instead. Those are the rolls you see in Grocery stores, the easiest way to get your feet wet on the broad "sushi" term.

especially in grocery stores, They have vegetarian rolls, rolls made with pollock, and things like that. It's not really the same as fresh made maki made at a sushi house, but it is good.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: veronaz on September 15, 2013, 05:44:43 PM
There are people (like myself) who just.don't.like.sushi, and have no interest in trying various kinds in order to learn to like it.  No, thanks.  Sushi lovers, go ahead and enjoy yourselves.  I'll pass.   :)
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Post by: Luci on September 15, 2013, 06:40:27 PM
For all those who didn't care for sushi if you are still interested in why so many others enjoy it there are many variations of sushi with different ingredients.  It may have been an issue with one or more of the ingredients so you could order a different kind if you ever decided to give it another chance.

Yup. Sushi is such a broad term, like a burrito. You could taste a squid-goat cheese-and-horseradish burrito and think it's absolutely awful, but chances are there's some type of burrito out there that you'd enjoy.

My husband introduced me to sushi about two years ago. I started with an avocado and cream cheese roll and worked my way up to more exciting offerings. I really enjoy it now, but if I had started out with a strong-flavored fish roll, I know I never would have tried it again.

I finally tried sushi last year at a place that someone said was pretty good, and I tried about 3 kinds with stuff I like in them. It was cold! That was the real shock to me. No, thank  you. The sauces were kind of fun, though.
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Post by: BigBadBetty on September 15, 2013, 06:44:54 PM
For all those who didn't care for sushi if you are still interested in why so many others enjoy it there are many variations of sushi with different ingredients.  It may have been an issue with one or more of the ingredients so you could order a different kind if you ever decided to give it another chance.

I don't care for the vinegar and sugar mixture in the rice. That is the one constant with sushi. I can eat it, but I don't love it. I do like other Japanese food like noodles, gomae, tempura, okonomiyaki, etc., so I am fine when people want to go to Japanese restaurants.
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Post by: MOM21SON on September 15, 2013, 07:06:14 PM
My sister and I went to a Shoney's restaurant. We split a serving of frogs legs. It was okay. But whoever prepared them used black pepper as the seasoning. Every bite after the 1st one, the pepper taste got more intense.

Is that the way it's supposed to be prepared?

I think you should try them again at a more local place or so.  I can't imagine eating frog legs from Shoney's.
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Post by: Tea Drinker on September 15, 2013, 07:57:43 PM
If it doesn't have vinegar rice, it's not sushi. It might be sashimi or other Japanese or Japanese-influenced food, but the vinegar rice is what makes it sushi. It follows that if you dislike vinegar, you probably won't like sushi.

I no longer push people to try things, because even if they don't say "I've had X before and didn't like it, and I don't want to try the version at your favorite place so you can convince me that the other 8 places don't know how to make it," they may just not be in the mood to be adventurous that afternoon. I'll ask if someone wants to try something, or offer a bit of mine if I have extra, but I'm trying to be generous, not demanding. [None of this applies to those of you who are trying to convince your four-year-olds to try new foods; this is me, as an adult, talking to other adults, or children who are not in my care.]
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Post by: Dazi on September 15, 2013, 08:10:17 PM
This was some years ago...

Coffee.  I honestly have no idea how anyone can drink it.  I had various people doctor it up and it is all nasty to me.  Honestly though, I don't evem like the smell.
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Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on September 15, 2013, 08:17:11 PM
I tried, and like suishi. I have to be careful, and make sure I get fish and vegi only, as I am allergic to shellfish, and on that note, I love, love, love wasabi.
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Post by: AmethystAnne on September 15, 2013, 08:58:33 PM
My sister and I went to a Shoney's restaurant. We split a serving of frogs legs. It was okay. But whoever prepared them used black pepper as the seasoning. Every bite after the 1st one, the pepper taste got more intense.

Is that the way it's supposed to be prepared?

Frog sets can be prepared several ways.  My father always liked them breaded and pan fried like chicken.  A traditional French version includes garlic, onion and tomato. Both are delicious.

Black pepper is not the major ingredient when preparing frog legs.     

Thank you, Thipu! The pan-fried sounds good, but the traditional French version sounds seriously yummy!!!

The other food on the Shoney's  buffet was good, but the frogs' legs were yuck.

I tried, and like suishi. I have to be careful, and make sure I get fish and vegi only, as I am allergic to shellfish, and on that note, I love, love, love wasabi.

I've tried different kinds of sushi. Different! I'm going to try wasabi.
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Post by: suzieQ on September 15, 2013, 09:06:59 PM
This was some years ago...

Coffee.  I honestly have no idea how anyone can drink it.  I had various people doctor it up and it is all nasty to me.  Honestly though, I don't evem like the smell.

I love the smell of coffee and will even put it in my brownies - yum! But can't drink coffee. Too bitter. I'm the same with alcohol. I can taste it in anything I've ever tried and it's (to me) gross.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 15, 2013, 09:12:56 PM
This was some years ago...

Coffee.  I honestly have no idea how anyone can drink it.  I had various people doctor it up and it is all nasty to me.  Honestly though, I don't evem like the smell.

I love the smell of coffee and will even put it in my brownies - yum! But can't drink coffee. Too bitter. I'm the same with alcohol. I can taste it in anything I've ever tried and it's (to me) gross.

Growing up, I hated coffee. then in college, I was, ahem, suffering the aftereffects of a night of fun, and was exhausted. So my roommate had some, and I made it, adding sugar and creamer. WOW, what a difference. I realized the fact my parents drank it strong and black was the reason. now, as I tell anyone who tries to tell me perhaps I shouldn't drink it, I"ll give it up when you pry it from my cold, dead, hand.

and its funny; when I first started drinking it, I drank it "light and sweet" Now, a hint of sugar, and medium-dark for the cream.
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Post by: Optimoose Prime on September 15, 2013, 09:19:44 PM
Sauerkraut.  No thank you.  Cavier, also no thank you.  I've had several types of sushi, ranging from ok to never again.  Keep all guacamole away from me.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 15, 2013, 09:24:12 PM
Escargot. I tried it on a cruise and loved it. That garlic butter was so good! The snails themselves taste like nothing, it's like having garlic mushrooms.

DH also got me into haloumi, which is a great substitute for feta during pregnancy.
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 15, 2013, 09:56:43 PM
Sauerkraut.  No thank you.  Cavier, also no thank you.  I've had several types of sushi, ranging from ok to never again.  Keep all guacamole away from me.

When I was a young soldier I attended a wedding reception that served only cheap "champagne" and caviar.  Bleccchhh!  It took me a long time to try either again.  Still not a fan of Champagne (or most sparkling wines), but I do like good caviar. 
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Post by: Kaypeep on September 15, 2013, 10:16:52 PM
Raw clams.  Specifically, cherry stone clams.  Had them with cocktail sauce and a little horseradish.  I actually enjoyed them.  I had tried oysters several years ago and they didn't really impress me and I never cared to have them again. But I'd get the clams again.

I still won't try sushi again, though.  I'm with some of the other PP's.  I've tried several variations over the years and none of them ever did anything for me.  Perhaps it's a texture thing.  Also, as someone else mentioned, the taste seems to linger long past the meal, which made me like it even less.  And this was not bad sushi.  It was from a top notch place in Beverly Hills, also at some high end places in NYC and the NYC area.  And I especially don't want to eat it after (finally) reading "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain.  LOL
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Post by: ebrochu on September 15, 2013, 10:43:47 PM
 ;D Ah well, I guess that means I'll just have to eat sushi all by myself...

Darn it all!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Om nom nomnom.....



thing that I finally tried? Goat brie.

The idea of brie with that rind on it really turned me off. Then my husband told me that I didn't have to eat it if I didn't want to. Once I got to the cheese inside, it wasn't bad. Then, I was offered goat brie. Thinking it was the same, I peeled off the rind and popped it on my mouth.

I don't spit out food, that's just not right. (unless it's spoiled) But this stuff? weird taste, bitterness, and weird texture made for a very upsetting time...
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Post by: Ereine on September 15, 2013, 10:55:39 PM
For all those who didn't care for sushi if you are still interested in why so many others enjoy it there are many variations of sushi with different ingredients.  It may have been an issue with one or more of the ingredients so you could order a different kind if you ever decided to give it another chance.

Yup. Sushi is such a broad term, like a burrito. You could taste a squid-goat cheese-and-horseradish burrito and think it's absolutely awful, but chances are there's some type of burrito out there that you'd enjoy.

My husband introduced me to sushi about two years ago. I started with an avocado and cream cheese roll and worked my way up to more exciting offerings. I really enjoy it now, but if I had started out with a strong-flavored fish roll, I know I never would have tried it again.

I don't know if the sushi I tried was exceptionally bad but I didn't like how bland it was and the things they had to make it more tasty I didn't like. I think that my brain was expecting the deliciousness of gravlax and was disappointed.
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Post by: Julia Mercer on September 16, 2013, 01:05:31 AM
Steamed mussels, at a now closed Chinese buffet place here in town, and thanks to DH, I've fallen in love with them, the only other Chinese buffet we go to doesn't serve them, and I am bummed about that, I miss them!
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 16, 2013, 05:26:30 AM
This thread has had me doing a fair bit of Googling: I'm British, and a number of "transatlantic" things are mentioned here, where I'd either heard the name but no more than that; or they were completely new to me.

My "finally worked up the nerve" episode, has been with tripe.  For decades, I fought shy of trying tripe -- had the strong impression that it seemed pretty revolting, but recognised the outside possibility that prejudice might be depriving me of something wonderful.  My brother was in the same situation.  A couple of years ago, we jointly bit the bullet; and bought and shared a stewed-tripe dish preserved in a jar, imported from Poland.  We came to the same conclusion: not actually loathsome, but a not particularly pleasant taste -- and the texture was as off-putting as we'd expected.  So far as we're concerned, tripe has been tried in the balance and found wanting.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 16, 2013, 08:48:05 AM
Trippa Genovese is one of my favorite dishes.  Mr. Thipu, who is not at all fond of 'offal' also will eat a forkful or two from my plate. He also likes the tripe with scallions, ginger and garlic at dim sum.   

Chicken feet.  We had dim sum with a relative who ordered them and I had a taste.  It was all right and the sauce was good but I'd never order them on my own. 
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Post by: Psychopoesie on September 16, 2013, 09:15:02 AM
I love the chicken feet at yum cha (aka dim sum). Won't order them just for me (yum cha is about having a little of everything) so always happy when I'm with someone (like my stepmum) who's enthusiastic about them too.

Tried haggis a couple of times when I was visiting Scotland and loved that too.

Still on my list to try are snails, frog legs and caviar. Trying to convince myself to give durian a go but the smell keeps putting me off.
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Post by: Dorrie78 on September 16, 2013, 09:15:43 AM
There are people (like myself) who just.don't.like.sushi, and have no interest in trying various kinds in order to learn to like it.  No, thanks.  Sushi lovers, go ahead and enjoy yourselves.  I'll pass.   :)
Thank you! I don't like fish and was urged to try the sushi at a restaurant once because it had beef in it, instead of fish. (and it was a high-end restaurant in Hawaii, not some bargain place). Problem was that the seaweed had a strong fishy flavor. Blech!

I have no interest in trying different versions until I find one I like. I'll have the non-sushi options and leave the sushi to those of you who like it.

And I'm also delighted to find out that there is an entire secret community of sushi-haters out there! I thought I was the only one.
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Post by: Layla Miller on September 16, 2013, 10:51:56 AM
There are people (like myself) who just.don't.like.sushi, and have no interest in trying various kinds in order to learn to like it.  No, thanks.  Sushi lovers, go ahead and enjoy yourselves.  I'll pass.   :)
Thank you! I don't like fish and was urged to try the sushi at a restaurant once because it had beef in it, instead of fish. (and it was a high-end restaurant in Hawaii, not some bargain place). Problem was that the seaweed had a strong fishy flavor. Blech!

I have no interest in trying different versions until I find one I like. I'll have the non-sushi options and leave the sushi to those of you who like it.

And I'm also delighted to find out that there is an entire secret community of sushi-haters out there! I thought I was the only one.

We should get special decoder rings.  :D
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 16, 2013, 10:53:10 AM
Trippa Genovese is one of my favorite dishes.  Mr. Thipu, who is not at all fond of 'offal' also will eat a forkful or two from my plate. He also likes the tripe with scallions, ginger and garlic at dim sum.   

For me as regards tripe, I'm afraid it will be "once bitten, twice shy".  If I'm losing out as a result -- OK, I'm losing out.  I'm far from anti-offal; just "leery" of some of the more extreme forms thereof.
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 16, 2013, 10:57:18 AM
thing that I finally tried? Goat brie.

The idea of brie with that rind on it really turned me off. Then my husband told me that I didn't have to eat it if I didn't want to. Once I got to the cheese inside, it wasn't bad. Then, I was offered goat brie. Thinking it was the same, I peeled off the rind and popped it on my mouth.

I don't spit out food, that's just not right. (unless it's spoiled) But this stuff? weird taste, bitterness, and weird texture made for a very upsetting time...

Goat brie, I haven't encountered. But, a thing I came across in the brie line a few years ago -- smoked brie cheese: from an Irish cheesemaking firm, who were seemingly going all-out to be inventive-and-innovative.  It wasn't outright horrible -- I ate the whole of the portion that I bought, without too much trauma -- but for me, it just basically didn't "work", and didn't taste right.
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Post by: lilfox on September 16, 2013, 11:23:43 AM
On sushi, I'll split the difference with the haters and lovers.  The first kind I tried was a California roll (aka entry level sushi), but as I hate mayo and avocado, and dislike fake crab i thought it was awful.  I still won't eat any rolls except plain maki because of the sauces or various ingredients like avocado or roe.

However, when I finally tried raw fish nigiri I loved it!  Now i love most of the raw versions of nigiri and sashimi (which I eat with rice anyway).  So for me it wasn't a texture thing, it was finding the right level of ingredients.

Most everything else mentioned so far, I've tried at least once except haggis (had the chance in Scotland once but no, maybe someday), frog legs (no opportunities so far), and Funyuns (dislike every fried food of this style so far).
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 16, 2013, 11:36:29 AM
I don't eat offal, veal, lamb, mutton, duck (have tried it, my body doesn't like it), rabbit. During our cruise, I will try a bite of DH's veal or lamb, which he is sure to order.

I love avocado and real guacamole, sushi whether it is maki, nigiri or sashimi, and shellfish any way I can get them. I love pickled ginger.
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Post by: magicdomino on September 16, 2013, 11:42:54 AM
For all those who didn't care for sushi if you are still interested in why so many others enjoy it there are many variations of sushi with different ingredients.  It may have been an issue with one or more of the ingredients so you could order a different kind if you ever decided to give it another chance.

A good point.  After several tries, I finally figured out that I hated the rice, and wasn't too thrilled about the seaweed.  I still haven't tried a plain raw fish version, mostly because there doesn't seem to be any point to eating raw fish when I can have cooked.
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Post by: Shalamar on September 16, 2013, 11:54:18 AM
I finally tried "sausage gravy" when I was in the States a while back.  It was almost white in appearance, and I'm used to gravy being brown, so I just couldn't get over the look of it.  I ended up not finishing my breakfast, which is VERY unusual for me.  :)
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Post by: fountainof on September 16, 2013, 12:03:21 PM
I also get told to try different kinds of sushi too but it the rice flavour I don't like not the rest of the stuff.  I am not a big vinegar fan and the combo of the sweet with the vinegar I just don't like in Sushi but I do like sweat and sour sauces.  So Sushi just isn't my thing and when you say your don't like the rice, people just keep saying "it is just rice" but it isn't and the "everyone loves sushi" and you must be an uncultured dolt sigh is just getting annoying.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 16, 2013, 12:56:23 PM
I finally tried "sausage gravy" when I was in the States a while back.  It was almost white in appearance, and I'm used to gravy being brown, so I just couldn't get over the look of it.  I ended up not finishing my breakfast, which is VERY unusual for me.  :)

Oooh I love sausage gravy, but I don't have it at restaurants.  They use way too much flour and not enough sausage and fat :)  A good sausage gravy should have tons of sausage with just enough gravy to hold it all together. 
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Post by: rose red on September 16, 2013, 02:08:03 PM
I like fish but mostly eat white.  I never liked the looks of salmon, but it was a popular dish when they serve it at the work cafeteria; everyone seems to love it and praise it.  So I tried it one day.  Yuck!  I couldn't get the fishy taste out of my mouth all day despite brushing teeth, gum, mints, food, etc.  I figure it's because it was cheap fish from a work cafeteria, but then why does everyone else seem to love it?  Never tried again.
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Post by: unnalee on September 16, 2013, 02:28:50 PM
When we went to Finland two years ago, everyone was telling me that I better prepare myself to eat lots of fish when we visited the relatives. (I hate all types of fish and seafood)  Turns out I was just fine with all the fresh veggies, desserts, etc.  The real surpise was how good reindeer was.  Never thought I would be saying that, but we had it prepared several different ways (in stew, with berries, grilled).  All very good.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 16, 2013, 02:51:25 PM
I finally tried "sausage gravy" when I was in the States a while back.  It was almost white in appearance, and I'm used to gravy being brown, so I just couldn't get over the look of it.  I ended up not finishing my breakfast, which is VERY unusual for me.  :)

Oooh I love sausage gravy, but I don't have it at restaurants.  They use way too much flour and not enough sausage and fat :)  A good sausage gravy should have tons of sausage with just enough gravy to hold it all together.

For those outside the US, some "gravies" in the US south are really like a bechemal sauce. Instead of butter as the base fat, we will use a little grease used to fry a meat, like pan sausage, add flour to create a roux then cream or milk. Sausage gravy is made like this but with the crumbled sausage added back in. Growing up in the south we referred to a traditional gravy as brown gravy.
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Post by: hobish on September 16, 2013, 04:21:06 PM

I tried goat a few months ago. It was a little weird mentally because I love goats. I like to pet them and play with them and I love their little goat faces and little goat eyesÖbut I was going to eat goat curry, darn it! It was ok. I was prepared for there still being bones in it so that was odd, but I was ready for it. It tasted ok. I mean, the curry was good. The meat was pretty ok, I guess. I did get sick afterward, though. I donít know if it was because of curry in my delicate stomach, or the goat meat, or if I mentally made myself ill thinking about it too much. I probably wonít eat it again, unless my friend really does do goat on a spit as he keeps offering/threatening.
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Post by: jpcher on September 16, 2013, 05:53:51 PM
;D Ah well, I guess that means I'll just have to eat sushi all by myself...

Darn it all!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Om nom nomnom.....


I WANNA EAT ALL THE SUSHI!  >:D  . . . Ahem, please excuse me. My manners ran away for a minute. What I meant was "Would you please share all the sushi with me?"  ;D

I've never met a piece of sushi that I didn't like. I'll admit that I was in my "comfort zone" of what I would order, then I went wild and worked up the nerve to taste an an eel something. Boy. Was that awesome! After the eel, I'll try just about anything, sushi-wise.




The most recent thing that I worked up the nerve to try?

Olives.

I've always had an aversion to olives, it's been too many years to mention since I've tried one. Just the other day DD#2 brought home a wonderful Mediterranean salad which was full of olives. In deference to the polite side, I smiled as I put one in my mouth. What the heck? Try it, you'll like it.

My brain said "Ew! Ew! Ew! what is that horrid thing in my mouth!" while my polite side chewed and swallowed (I hoped my grimace didn't show :-\) and I thanked DD#2 profusely for the delicious salad.

At the end of the meal, DD#2 saw all the olives pushed over to the side of my plate and asked "What. You couldn't choke down more that one?" ::) ;D

I love my DD, but Olives will never pass through these lips again.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 16, 2013, 06:48:23 PM
mmmmmm I love eel.  You do know it's cooked, not raw right
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Post by: jpcher on September 16, 2013, 07:33:57 PM
mmmmmm I love eel.  You do know it's cooked, not raw right

Yes. If it were raw, I believe it would be called sushimi (sp?), not sushi.


I believe that's where the disconnect comes in, people thinking that sushi is raw fish. I'm under the impression that sushi is cooked or smoked fish or not even seafood at all rolled up in rice and seaweed. I've seen sushi with pieces of smoked salmon or shrimp (and even eel) served on top of a pile of rice without the seaweed rolling.

Raw fish is something completely different from sushi, right?
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Post by: #borecore on September 16, 2013, 07:48:47 PM
mmmmmm I love eel.  You do know it's cooked, not raw right

Yes. If it were raw, I believe it would be called sushimi (sp?), not sushi.


I believe that's where the disconnect comes in, people thinking that sushi is raw fish. I'm under the impression that sushi is cooked or smoked fish or not even seafood at all rolled up in rice and seaweed. I've seen sushi with pieces of smoked salmon or shrimp (and even eel) served on top of a pile of rice without the seaweed rolling.

Raw fish is something completely different from sushi, right?

Nope, there's plenty of raw fish in sushi. In fact, I'd say it most often has raw fish, but that it's not essential. Sashimi is almost always raw fish, though some forms of seafood served as sashimi might be slightly cooked.

I adore vegetarian "sushi" -- rolls with various vegetables and/or egg, or vegetables served on top of blocks of rice. I do not usually request sushi restaurants without thoroughly reviewing the menu first, though, because I know it's basically going out for seafood. The places that pay close attention to their vegetarian options can do a remarkable range of things with those ingredients, though.

As a child I never thought I liked tea because the only tea I'd had was plain, black and bitter Lipton or syrupy sweet iced tea. Once I finally tried hot tea, I grew to really like (many varieties of) it. It still took me several more years to try iced tea again. I realized I just can't stand it really sweet! It's very nice to know.
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Post by: Dazi on September 16, 2013, 07:50:20 PM
mmmmmm I love eel.  You do know it's cooked, not raw right

Yes. If it were raw, I believe it would be called sushimi (sp?), not sushi.


I believe that's where the disconnect comes in, people thinking that sushi is raw fish. I'm under the impression that sushi is cooked or smoked fish or not even seafood at all rolled up in rice and seaweed. I've seen sushi with pieces of smoked salmon or shrimp (and even eel) served on top of a pile of rice without the seaweed rolling.

Raw fish is something completely different from sushi, right?

I believe the word sushi itself just refers to vinegar-ed rice.  The toppings changed the name slightly.
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Post by: Julian on September 16, 2013, 08:09:16 PM
I'd always wanted to try biscuits and gravy - so when I went to the US last year, I did!  Totally delicious, but it was such a massive serve I didn't have a hope of finishing it.   :-\

I don't mind some sushi, but I avoid the raw fish varieties.  Tried it once, blergh.

Never liked oysters (although I love all other shellfish), but I tried a very fresh Tasmanian oyster on holiday some years ago (before I moved here), and while it wasn't something I would do again, it wasn't as bad as others I've tried (and failed) to eat.

It took me years to try venison, and I love it.  I cannot even stomach the thought of trying kangaroo though.  Bambi yes, Skippy no. 

These days, I'm very selective with what I eat - I have a lap band, so I need to be.  I'll try some things, but only a very small taste.  It makes eating out an interesting experience sometimes, not always in a good way.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 16, 2013, 08:24:53 PM
I never ate fish growing up; it was 'fishy'.

Now?  I'll even cook fish for myself, as well as order it in a restaurant.  Although my favourite is still out of the lake and into the frying pan within an hour or two.

My brother still won't eat fish except the out of the lake, into the frying pan variety.  He has developed a skin allergy to fish - if he handles it beyond the initial, immediate cleaning, he gets a rash.  My Dad will occasionally eat fish but it isn't his favourite.

And I now absolutely love, love, love sushi.  I don't eat sashimi - that's just the slices of raw fish/seafood.  I love maki or rolls - all kinds, whether the fish is raw or cooked.  I started with California rolls and moved up from there.  I also like nigiri - that's the balls of sushi rice with the slice of raw fish or other seafood, sometimes cooked, like eel and shrimp on top.

If someone is looking to venture into sushi but starting tame, California rolls without tobiko (those little orange eggs) is a good place to start.  The 'crab' in it is usually imitation crab, which is normally cooked Alaskan Pollack.  There's cucumber and avocado.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 16, 2013, 08:42:52 PM
mmmmmm I love eel.  You do know it's cooked, not raw right

Yes. If it were raw, I believe it would be called sushimi (sp?), not sushi.


I believe that's where the disconnect comes in, people thinking that sushi is raw fish. I'm under the impression that sushi is cooked or smoked fish or not even seafood at all rolled up in rice and seaweed. I've seen sushi with pieces of smoked salmon or shrimp (and even eel) served on top of a pile of rice without the seaweed rolling.

Raw fish is something completely different from sushi, right?

I believe the word sushi itself just refers to vinegar-ed rice.  The toppings changed the name slightly.

yes, sushi refers to the rice only.  The basic terms are: Sashimi is raw fish with no rice.  Nigiri is raw fish on top of rice.  Maki are rolls.  Rolls can contain raw fish, cooked items, as well as vegetables only. 

Eel is always cooked here in the US, because raw eel can be poisonous.  I have had it raw in other parts of the world. 
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Post by: metallicafan on September 16, 2013, 10:31:47 PM
Baked clams.  Never again.  Didn't like the texture. 
I love shrimp.  I love crab cakes.  That's about it for me as far as seafood.
Every Christmas Eve, my MIL makes linguine with calamari, lobster tails, and shrimp.  I did try it.  Nope.
However, I will happily devour the breaded, fried jumbo shrimp she also makes.
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Post by: Faerydust on September 16, 2013, 11:36:35 PM
I've hated raspberries ever since I tried them when I was very young. I also dislike most raspberry flavored foods. I especially dislike accidentally eating a piece of thawed frozen raspberry that's in/on a dessert. Recently my SO's mother was eating some Driscoll's raspberries and asked if I wanted some. I told her no thanks and that I don't care for raspberries. She told me that she was never a raspberry fan, but recently tried them and really likes them.

I was hesitant, but gave in and tried a few. Went out and bought myself a container the next day and have been hooked ever since! Now I get really sad when I run out and none of the ones in the store look fresh. I can't live without them!
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Post by: Nikko-chan on September 17, 2013, 12:00:06 AM
;D Ah well, I guess that means I'll just have to eat sushi all by myself...

Darn it all!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Om nom nomnom.....


I WANNA EAT ALL THE SUSHI!  >:D  . . . Ahem, please excuse me. My manners ran away for a minute. What I meant was "Would you please share all the sushi with me?"  ;D

I've never met a piece of sushi that I didn't like. I'll admit that I was in my "comfort zone" of what I would order, then I went wild and worked up the nerve to taste an an eel something. Boy. Was that awesome! After the eel, I'll try just about anything, sushi-wise.


Can I join the sushi train with you guys? Please?
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Post by: Psychopoesie on September 17, 2013, 12:08:45 AM
;D Ah well, I guess that means I'll just have to eat sushi all by myself...

Darn it all!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Om nom nomnom.....


I WANNA EAT ALL THE SUSHI!  >:D  . . . Ahem, please excuse me. My manners ran away for a minute. What I meant was "Would you please share all the sushi with me?"  ;D

I've never met a piece of sushi that I didn't like. I'll admit that I was in my "comfort zone" of what I would order, then I went wild and worked up the nerve to taste an an eel something. Boy. Was that awesome! After the eel, I'll try just about anything, sushi-wise.


Can I join the sushi train with you guys? Please?

Count me in too, please. :))

I haven't had lunch yet and I'm now having visions of sushi.

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Post by: Allyson on September 17, 2013, 12:23:26 AM
Raw oysters! I went out to a restaurant with a friend who had some sort of coupon for tons of oysters for cheap. I'd had oysters before, but always cooked in some manner, usually at a sushi restaurant. Turned out these were super fresh raw ones. I was a bit tentative but we were already there and I didn't want to back out then, so I went for it. They were pretty good! I still prefer them cooked, and probably wouldn't go out of my way to do raw ones again, but the different kinds of sauces were fun.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 17, 2013, 12:52:34 AM
;D Ah well, I guess that means I'll just have to eat sushi all by myself...

Darn it all!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Om nom nomnom.....


I WANNA EAT ALL THE SUSHI!  >:D  . . . Ahem, please excuse me. My manners ran away for a minute. What I meant was "Would you please share all the sushi with me?"  ;D

I've never met a piece of sushi that I didn't like. I'll admit that I was in my "comfort zone" of what I would order, then I went wild and worked up the nerve to taste an an eel something. Boy. Was that awesome! After the eel, I'll try just about anything, sushi-wise.


Can I join the sushi train with you guys? Please?

Count me in too, please. :))

I haven't had lunch yet and I'm now having visions of sushi.



CHOOO CHOOOO!  ALL ABOARD!
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Post by: Dazi on September 17, 2013, 06:03:28 AM
Raw oysters! I went out to a restaurant with a friend who had some sort of coupon for tons of oysters for cheap. I'd had oysters before, but always cooked in some manner, usually at a sushi restaurant. Turned out these were super fresh raw ones. I was a bit tentative but we were already there and I didn't want to back out then, so I went for it. They were pretty good! I still prefer them cooked, and probably wouldn't go out of my way to do raw ones again, but the different kinds of sauces were fun.

I really like them raw too, but hate them cooked.  I had a friend who convinced me to try some clam and mussel cooked dish at a buffet.  I didn't like the smell of them and I found them really nasty.  The texture was really weird and they tasted very metallic to me.
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Post by: readingchick on September 17, 2013, 07:13:44 AM
;D Ah well, I guess that means I'll just have to eat sushi all by myself...

Darn it all!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Om nom nomnom.....


I WANNA EAT ALL THE SUSHI!  >:D  . . . Ahem, please excuse me. My manners ran away for a minute. What I meant was "Would you please share all the sushi with me?"  ;D

I've never met a piece of sushi that I didn't like. I'll admit that I was in my "comfort zone" of what I would order, then I went wild and worked up the nerve to taste an an eel something. Boy. Was that awesome! After the eel, I'll try just about anything, sushi-wise.


Can I join the sushi train with you guys? Please?

Count me in too, please. :))

I haven't had lunch yet and I'm now having visions of sushi.



CHOOO CHOOOO!  ALL ABOARD!

*jumping on board*
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 17, 2013, 09:41:34 AM
Raw oysters! I went out to a restaurant with a friend who had some sort of coupon for tons of oysters for cheap. I'd had oysters before, but always cooked in some manner, usually at a sushi restaurant. Turned out these were super fresh raw ones. I was a bit tentative but we were already there and I didn't want to back out then, so I went for it. They were pretty good! I still prefer them cooked, and probably wouldn't go out of my way to do raw ones again, but the different kinds of sauces were fun.
Uh oh, just wait. One day you'll be craving something and not know what. And suddenly you'll realize it is raw oysters.
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Post by: Shalamar on September 17, 2013, 10:43:33 AM
I don't think I can ever eat a raw oyster.  The appearance is enough to send me screaming for the hills.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 17, 2013, 10:55:47 AM
Sushi train joiner!

I always go to the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot in Walt Disney World, and every year I try one new thing. Last year was Japanese seaweed salad. It was amazing.

I despise anise flavoring.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 17, 2013, 11:44:31 AM
;D Ah well, I guess that means I'll just have to eat sushi all by myself...

Darn it all!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Om nom nomnom.....


I WANNA EAT ALL THE SUSHI!  >:D  . . . Ahem, please excuse me. My manners ran away for a
minute. What I meant was "Would you please share all the sushi with me?"  ;D

I've never met a piece of sushi that I didn't like. I'll admit that I was in my "comfort zone" of what I
 would order, then I went wild and worked up the nerve to taste an an eel something. Boy. Was that awesome! After the eel, I'll try just about anything, sushi-wise.

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Can I join the sushi train with you guys? Please?

WAIT! WAIT! hold the doors on the sushi train. 

It can't leave without me!

I've got the wasabi and the sake! 

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Post by: Syfygeek on September 17, 2013, 12:15:09 PM
In the tiny town down the road from me, filled with farmers and good old boys, a sushi restaurant opened up. They offer sushi, sashimi, various rolls filled with raw fish, and other wonderful foods. For the good old boys, there's a deep fried version.

I have eaten raw oysters and never ever will again. Along with caviar and calamari.
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Post by: cwm on September 17, 2013, 01:12:17 PM
I absolutely love nigiri and sashimi, as long as there's no wasabi. I can't stand maki. The seaweed in the rolls is disgusting. I've had to eat seaweed before, and it's not only gross, but it's rubbery. Also, if I'm going to enjoy sushi, I have to be in the right mood for it, it's not something I can eat all the time.

Off the sushi train, though, I've found that I love squid and octopus. It's really good, if it's cooked well.

I miss being able to eat clam chowder and smoked mussels, and never having gotten the chance to try raw oysters. I mean, I still could, but the stomach upset that's bound to come with it for the next several days isn't worth it, really.

Venison is delicious. So is reindeer. And moose.

Apparently when I was younger, a great uncle brought meat to a family gathering and shared it with everyone before he said what it was. Raccoon, when prepared properly, isn't all that bad. Neither is shark.

I have tried fried gator and hated it, but mostly that was because of the spices they used in the breading. I'd be more than willing to try it again without all the spice.

Lamb is really nice to eat, but I'm not so fond of goat. I've heard goats described as in-your-face, and I suppose that's true whether they're alive and head butting you or on your plate and overpowering most other flavors.
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Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on September 17, 2013, 01:47:35 PM
Calamari! Now, here's what's crazy is that my great uncle makes his own calamari all the time, but I avoided it like the plague when I was kid. Finally I was out with my friend one day and she convinced me to try some that she had ordered (I just knew I'd hate it), and oh my wow it was good! It's not something I got out of my way to have but I do eat my uncle's now.

I also tried matzo ball soup and brisket recently, less working up the courage and more just never bothering to try either, both were so good. And I really like brisket. Like...a lot a lot.

I wouldn't eat sushi for years, I don't really care for fish (though I love most shell fish), so I'd just opt out. Until a friend, who knows a lot about sushi, suggested I try some and she'd order for me. So she asked what kind of stuff I already knew I liked (crab, lobster, shrimp, ect) and she picked a few different things for me to try and I really liked it! I love california rolls. I've tried some that I don't care for, but some I really like. I'm still naive on ordering it myself.

Oh and spam! I never ate spam. My mom would go on and on about how horrible it was and just the thought made her gag. So I never touched it. Then for some reason one of my friends got me to try some...I don't remember why exactly. Anyways, I wasn't a fan. I mean, not like as terrible as my mother had me believe, but not for me.

I also had a friend (same one who got me to try calamari) get to finally try corned beef and cabbage. Wasn't a fan. I have discovered I like raw red cabbage, but I really dislike it cooked (I'm the same way with spinach love it raw, hate it cooked).

And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture. Too mushy/sticky or something.
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Post by: cwm on September 17, 2013, 02:27:09 PM
Corned beef, ick. I try to put that memory OUT of my head. Along with sourkraut. And rye bread. (No, I've never even tried a reuben, I hate all of these on their own enough that the thought disgusts me.)

I've tried haggis, and it wasn't too bad. I've tried bubble and squeak, and never again will it pass my lips.

People keep telling me that caramel (insert anything here) really isn't all that bad, I should try it. Except I can't stand caramel. I don't know, having to scrape burned caramel out of cooking dishes several nights a week just kind of turned me off of the flavor in general. When people cook with it I can taste it and I always politely turn away dishes that I know have it.

I finally had a mouthful of straight Jack Daniels. I will say, it's great for staving off an oncoming axniety attack by calming me down and forcing me to focus on the awful taste and the burn going all the way to my stomach. In a mixed drink it's not so bad, but it's just too strong for me. Then again, with my anxiety, it might be a good thing to keep on hand in case of emergencies.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 17, 2013, 02:34:56 PM
Love calamari, brisket and corned beef. Only like sauerkraut on a Reuben.

I love sweet and salty, so pretzels with caramel or chocolate.
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Post by: Shalamar on September 17, 2013, 03:35:10 PM
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And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture.

I'm not alone!  I cannot STAND oatmeal.  My parents were always making it when I was a kid, especially in the winter ("it'll stick to your ribs!), but the texture made me gag.  I could only stomach it with tons of golden syrup.

On the booze front, I didn't try gin for years because my mother would always shudder and say it was "horrible".  I finally tried it in a Tom Collins and was amazed at how much I liked it.  Scotch, though?  No, thanks.   Tried it once, never again.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 17, 2013, 03:43:57 PM
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And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture.

I'm not alone!  I cannot STAND oatmeal.  My parents were always making it when I was a kid, especially in the winter ("it'll stick to your ribs!), but the texture made me gag.  I could only stomach it with tons of golden syrup.

On the booze front, I didn't try gin for years because my mother would always shudder and say it was "horrible".  I finally tried it in a Tom Collins and was amazed at how much I liked it.  Scotch, though?  No, thanks.   Tried it once, never again.

Hey there....I'm a gin drinker too.  Have you tried a Negroni or a Gimlet yet?  The Negroni uses Campari, which is either a love it or hate it type of mixer.  Also I like the Aviation.  It's like a pinker, more lemony Tom Collins
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Post by: Shalamar on September 17, 2013, 03:47:31 PM
I haven't tried either one, PastryGoddess, but I'm going to remedy that at the first opportunity.  :)
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 17, 2013, 08:00:11 PM
I've tried a Negroni, the Campari is a bit medicine like. But the best drink in the world is a White Lady. Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and sugar syrup.

I might have ine tonight, it's been so long and I'm trying to get pregnant but now I am definitely not.
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 17, 2013, 08:06:59 PM
DH's favorite drink is Campari and soda.  To me it tastes like Lavoris mouthwash.   :P  ???
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 17, 2013, 08:12:01 PM
I've tried a Negroni, the Campari is a bit medicine like. But the best drink in the world is a White Lady. Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and sugar syrup.

I might have ine tonight, it's been so long and I'm trying to get pregnant but now I am definitely not.

oooh I love a good White Lady.  I sometimes do a mint simple syrup instead of regular simple syrup.  We're totally thread jacking.  maybe a new thread should be started for cocktails
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Post by: Vall on September 18, 2013, 10:09:36 AM
I've always liked trying new things so I don't often have to work up any nerve to try something.  But a few years ago I was nervous when a friend made me a batch of chitlins to try.  They were okay.  I didn't love or hate them but I haven't had them since then.

My family hunted, fished and trapped so I ate all kinds of odd things growing up.  Deer, squirrel, muskrat, turtle, oysters, crabs, clams, etc.  When I was a little girl, I loved when my dad went clamming.  When he came home, he'd open them at the sink.  I would stand beside him patiently (and trying to look cute) and every so often I saw his hand coming my way.  I'd open my mouth like a little birdie and he''d drop a raw clam in it.  Yum!  Then I'd wait for the next one.
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Post by: suzieQ on September 18, 2013, 10:18:51 AM
Calamari! Now, here's what's crazy is that my great uncle makes his own calamari all the time, but I avoided it like the plague when I was kid. Finally I was out with my friend one day and she convinced me to try some that she had ordered (I just knew I'd hate it), and oh my wow it was good! It's not something I got out of my way to have but I do eat my uncle's now.

I also tried matzo ball soup and brisket recently, less working up the courage and more just never bothering to try either, both were so good. And I really like brisket. Like...a lot a lot.

I wouldn't eat sushi for years, I don't really care for fish (though I love most shell fish), so I'd just opt out. Until a friend, who knows a lot about sushi, suggested I try some and she'd order for me. So she asked what kind of stuff I already knew I liked (crab, lobster, shrimp, ect) and she picked a few different things for me to try and I really liked it! I love california rolls. I've tried some that I don't care for, but some I really like. I'm still naive on ordering it myself.

Oh and spam! I never ate spam. My mom would go on and on about how horrible it was and just the thought made her gag. So I never touched it. Then for some reason one of my friends got me to try some...I don't remember why exactly. Anyways, I wasn't a fan. I mean, not like as terrible as my mother had me believe, but not for me.

I also had a friend (same one who got me to try calamari) get to finally try corned beef and cabbage. Wasn't a fan. I have discovered I like raw red cabbage, but I really dislike it cooked (I'm the same way with spinach love it raw, hate it cooked).

And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture. Too mushy/sticky or something.
Have you tried steel cut oatmeal? Totally different texture compared to rolled oats. I love the stuff! It's more chewy (depending on how long you cook it) and not mushy at all.
I put it in my rice cooker - 1 part oats to 3 parts water and cook for about 20 minutes or until it looks right.
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Post by: BigBadBetty on September 18, 2013, 11:44:46 AM
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And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture.

I'm not alone!  I cannot STAND oatmeal.  My parents were always making it when I was a kid, especially in the winter ("it'll stick to your ribs!), but the texture made me gag.  I could only stomach it with tons of golden syrup.

There's at least three of it. I keep trying it once in a while. I think I should like it. I like other hot grains (grits/polenta and upma) and I like oatmeal cookies and oatmeal bread. I have had instant, regular, steel cut, plain, with fruit, with peanut butter, etc. I have learned to like things that I had once not liked. It is healthy, cheap and easy to make so I wish I liked it.
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Post by: #borecore on September 18, 2013, 02:21:08 PM
I think the texture of steel-cut oats is actually way worse (and DEFINITELY still mushy! the whole point of the dish is a bowl of mush!).

I do like 'regular' oatmeal a lot, though, and when I say steel-cut oats are kind of gross texturally, it doesn't mean I won't eat them. I just prefer the others, by far. I eat steel-cut when my husband makes them (and he eats quick oats when I make them) because he prefers them.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 18, 2013, 05:45:50 PM
Maybe you're making it the wrong way. I make porridge (oatmeal) on the stove with milk and then serve with more milk and your choice of topping. I gave golden syrup, DH has honey.

I love it, dills you up and keeps you warm.
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Post by: Dazi on September 18, 2013, 07:17:57 PM
Maybe you're making it the wrong way. I make porridge (oatmeal) on the stove with milk and then serve with more milk and your choice of topping. I gave golden syrup, DH has honey.

I love it, dills you up and keeps you warm.

IMO, oatmeal is one of those foods people either love it, hate it, or make themselves eat it for health reasons.  I've never liked it in anyway, shape, form, or topping.  I'd eat it when I had to.  It has never "stuck with me"...it is seriously one of those foods that I am stark raving mad STARVING an hour after eating it.
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 18, 2013, 07:30:33 PM
There are textural issues with oatmeal. DH cannot eat oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat, etc., because of the texture.  Which means he leaves my refrigerator oatmeal alone.   >:D

I cannot stand to have jello, marshmallows, or gummi bears in my mouth  :P The flavor could be fantastic, but I'll never know because he texture is  :P   :(  :P  :( .
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Post by: katycoo on September 18, 2013, 10:13:12 PM
Raw oysters! I went out to a restaurant with a friend who had some sort of coupon for tons of oysters for cheap. I'd had oysters before, but always cooked in some manner, usually at a sushi restaurant. Turned out these were super fresh raw ones. I was a bit tentative but we were already there and I didn't want to back out then, so I went for it. They were pretty good! I still prefer them cooked, and probably wouldn't go out of my way to do raw ones again, but the different kinds of sauces were fun.

I really like them raw too, but hate them cooked.  I had a friend who convinced me to try some clam and mussel cooked dish at a buffet.  I didn't like the smell of them and I found them really nasty.  The texture was really weird and they tasted very metallic to me.

I love them raw and never eat them cooked because they are so inferior when cooked that even though they're fine/good/whatever it leaves me disappointed.
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Post by: metallicafan on September 18, 2013, 10:49:45 PM
There are textural issues with oatmeal. DH cannot eat oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat, etc., because of the texture.  Which means he leaves my refrigerator oatmeal alone.   >:D

I cannot stand to have jello, marshmallows, or gummi bears in my mouth  :P The flavor could be fantastic, but I'll never know because he texture is  :P   :(  :P  :( .
I completely agree with you on marshmallows.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 19, 2013, 09:36:47 AM
Raw oysters! I went out to a restaurant with a friend who had some sort of coupon for tons of oysters for cheap. I'd had oysters before, but always cooked in some manner, usually at a sushi restaurant. Turned out these were super fresh raw ones. I was a bit tentative but we were already there and I didn't want to back out then, so I went for it. They were pretty good! I still prefer them cooked, and probably wouldn't go out of my way to do raw ones again, but the different kinds of sauces were fun.

I really like them raw too, but hate them cooked.  I had a friend who convinced me to try some clam and mussel cooked dish at a buffet.  I didn't like the smell of them and I found them really nasty. 
The texture was really weird and they tasted very metallic to me.

I love them raw and never eat them cooked because they are so inferior when cooked that even though they're fine/good/whatever it leaves me disappointed.

I love raw oysters but eat them rarely because they're so expensive. 

Many years ago, we attended the annual meeting of a company in which Mr. Thipu held stock.  There was a great reception with a raw bar.  During the course of the event I consumed almost four dozen of the things.  It's been a subject of jokes in the family ever since but I'm not in the least ashamed. 
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Post by: cwm on September 19, 2013, 09:48:45 AM
Maybe you're making it the wrong way. I make porridge (oatmeal) on the stove with milk and then serve with more milk and your choice of topping. I gave golden syrup, DH has honey.

I love it, dills you up and keeps you warm.

Does it pickle you too?  ;)

I'm in complete agreement on marshmallows being just wrong. I like me some gummi bears and jello, but marshmallows just make me sick. I like the hard ones in cereal, but can't do anything else. Makes it really awkward for people who say they're bringing stuff for s'mores on camping trips and really just mean roasted marshamllows and I have no dessert that night. :(

I know I will never ever ever try Rocky Mountain Oysters. I like to think I'm brave and will try a lot of things. I ate salmon eggs straight out of the salmon I just fished out of the river. They were like little salty grapes, not too bad. But there is a huge difference between eggs and male reproductive parts. Sorry, not happening. Actually, I'm not even really sorry about it.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 19, 2013, 09:58:31 AM
Maybe you're making it the wrong way. I make porridge (oatmeal) on the stove with milk and then serve with more milk and your choice of topping. I gave golden syrup, DH has honey.

I love it, dills you up and keeps you warm.

Does it pickle you too?  ;)

I'm in complete agreement on marshmallows being just wrong. I like me some gummi bears and jello, but marshmallows just make me sick. I like the hard ones in cereal, but can't do anything else. Makes it really awkward for people who say they're bringing stuff for s'mores on camping trips and really just mean roasted marshamllows and I have no dessert that night. :(

I know I will never ever ever try Rocky Mountain Oysters. I like to think I'm brave and will try a lot of things. I ate salmon eggs straight out of the salmon I just fished out of the river. They were like little salty grapes, not too bad. But there is a huge difference between eggs and male reproductive parts. Sorry, not happening. Actually, I'm not even really sorry about it.
Have to agree with you on this. I just can't make myself try one and I'm a pretty adventurous eater.

But I also never thought I'd try tripe or tongue, but realized I'd eaten menudo so I've had tripe and I've eaten Tacos de Lengua so I have had tongue.

Maybe if they put the rocky moutain oyster in a taco, I could try it.
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Post by: cwm on September 19, 2013, 10:08:04 AM
Maybe you're making it the wrong way. I make porridge (oatmeal) on the stove with milk and then serve with more milk and your choice of topping. I gave golden syrup, DH has honey.

I love it, dills you up and keeps you warm.

Does it pickle you too?  ;)

I'm in complete agreement on marshmallows being just wrong. I like me some gummi bears and jello, but marshmallows just make me sick. I like the hard ones in cereal, but can't do anything else. Makes it really awkward for people who say they're bringing stuff for s'mores on camping trips and really just mean roasted marshamllows and I have no dessert that night. :(

I know I will never ever ever try Rocky Mountain Oysters. I like to think I'm brave and will try a lot of things. I ate salmon eggs straight out of the salmon I just fished out of the river. They were like little salty grapes, not too bad. But there is a huge difference between eggs and male reproductive parts. Sorry, not happening. Actually, I'm not even really sorry about it.
Have to agree with you on this. I just can't make myself try one and I'm a pretty adventurous eater.

But I also never thought I'd try tripe or tongue, but realized I'd eaten menudo so I've had tripe and I've eaten Tacos de Lengua so I have had tongue.

Maybe if they put the rocky moutain oyster in a taco, I could try it.

I don't mind trying tongue. It is, after all, just muscle tissue like any other. Not sure about tripe, but I'm up for haggis, so why not?

Actually, I have tried beef liver once. Never again. Ick.
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Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on September 19, 2013, 10:40:08 AM
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And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture.

I'm not alone!  I cannot STAND oatmeal.  My parents were always making it when I was a kid, especially in the winter ("it'll stick to your ribs!), but the texture made me gag.  I could only stomach it with tons of golden syrup.

There's at least three of it. I keep trying it once in a while. I think I should like it. I like other hot grains (grits/polenta and upma) and I like oatmeal cookies and oatmeal bread. I have had instant, regular, steel cut, plain, with fruit, with peanut butter, etc. I have learned to like things that I had once not liked. It is healthy, cheap and easy to make so I wish I liked it.

I'm the same way! I love oatmeal in just about everything, I eat cereal that has uncooked oats in it, I even like oatmeal baths! I'm not a huge fan of grits, but I tried polenta recently and loved it (there's a chance I've always just had bad grits, they were just kinda...plain tasting).

Oatmeal is kind of like...sticky mushy for me. I love the smell of it cooking though. My mom swears it's my grandma's fault. She lived an orphanage as a kid for a time, and that's all the had from breakfest, lunch, and dinner (according to her), and she hates it. So mom's convinced grandma fed me horror stories about oatmeal and that's why I don't like it.
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Post by: Syfygeek on September 19, 2013, 11:20:57 AM
Maybe you're making it the wrong way. I make porridge (oatmeal) on the stove with milk and then serve with more milk and your choice of topping. I gave golden syrup, DH has honey.

I love it, dills you up and keeps you warm.

IMO, oatmeal is one of those foods people either love it, hate it, or make themselves eat it for health reasons.  I've never liked it in anyway, shape, form, or topping.  I'd eat it when I had to.  It has never "stuck with me"...it is seriously one of those foods that I am stark raving mad STARVING an hour after eating it.

Oatmeal smells like poverty. ;D
I've never tried steel cut but now I'm intrigued enough to try them.
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on September 19, 2013, 11:35:28 AM

And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture. Too mushy/sticky or something.

I can't stand cooked oatmeal - icky texture. I put raw rolled oats into a bowl, stir in sugar, cinnamon, nuts, & raisins, then pour on milk and wait a few minutes.

Chewy nutty bliss!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 19, 2013, 12:03:42 PM
I toast the old fashioned oats in a tablespoon of butter before adding water and salt, then throw in golden raisins and walnuts. Divine and not mushy or slimy.
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Post by: jpcher on September 19, 2013, 04:32:51 PM

And I keep trying oatmeal hoping eventually I'll like it. I don't. It's the texture. Too mushy/sticky or something.

I can't stand cooked oatmeal - icky texture. I put raw rolled oats into a bowl, stir in sugar, cinnamon, nuts, & raisins, then pour on milk and wait a few minutes.

Chewy nutty bliss!


Huh. That sounds like the beginning of oatmeal cookie dough! Yummers! ;D

I'll have to try it.
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 19, 2013, 04:44:05 PM
Oatmeal smells like poverty. ;D
I've never tried steel cut but now I'm intrigued enough to try them.

Ha! Ha! 

FIL was a retired auto mechanic and raised 5 boys.  At one point MIL was forbidden to serve pasta e fagioli (pasta fazool) because that's what they ate when they had no money.  His eyes bugged out the first time he saw it on the menu at an upscale restaurant for $12 a bowl.   :o
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 19, 2013, 06:12:55 PM
My son loves Ramen noodles, which I keep to put in stir-fries when we don't want rice. He loves boxed macaroni and cheese too. I am preparing him well for college life!

I love pasta with olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes.

I can't eat thick spaghetti. Some textural thing.
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Post by: Shalamar on September 19, 2013, 06:46:12 PM
I used to think that I hated all pasta.   I found it mushy and tasteless, even with sauce.   Then one day I tried whole wheat pasta that was very slightly undercooked, and it was DELICIOUS - chewy with a great flavor.   I guess my mum had just been overcooking it all those years!
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Post by: hobish on September 19, 2013, 06:49:42 PM
I used to think that I hated all pasta.   I found it mushy and tasteless, even with sauce.   Then one day I tried whole wheat pasta that was very slightly undercooked, and it was DELICIOUS - chewy with a great flavor.   I guess my mum had just been overcooking it all those years!

Hehehe...conversely, I thought for the longest time that I didn't like ravioli because I had only ever had them al dente, and I only like them thoroughly cooked. I thought that whole chewiness thing was part of the pocket bit.

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Post by: GreenEyedHawk on September 19, 2013, 07:03:48 PM
I like my pasta al-dente or just a hair more undercooked.  I hate whole wheat pasta, I find it nasty.

I tried calamari for the first time not long ago.  I'm not much of a seafood eater but I'll try most things.  It wasn't bad.  I would eat it again if it was presented to me, but I don't think I'd ever order it for myself.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 19, 2013, 07:14:05 PM
I don't enjoy marinated mushrooms or pickled peppers with meat. Especially not over the meat. I would like a lovely pork chop grilled, not pickled!
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Post by: Elfmama on September 19, 2013, 07:15:56 PM
Guacamole! DH can't stand avocado, so when I was on vacation by myself in June, some new friends and I went to a taco place for dinner, and I ordered a taco salad with guacamole, it wasn't all that great, a tad too spicy for my taste, won't order that again!


I never eat guacamole unless it's one of those restaurants where they make it fresh in front of you. There is nothing to touch fresh guacamole -my mother and my niece both said they hated avocado until they tasted home-made guacamole -  but the commercial stuff in restaurants and from the supermarket is often an abomination.

Agreed. Chipotle is the only restaurant whose guacamole I will eat - most places it is revolting.

Mine would probably be salmon. As a kid, I was forced to eat plain canned salmon with bones - blech! I finally worked up the nerve to try salmon at a restaurant recently, and I've been hooked ever since.
And when I was a kid, I thought that the bones were the best part! :D  For me the blech part is the skin, canned or fresh. (http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/bleh.gif)
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 19, 2013, 07:17:44 PM
My son loves Ramen noodles, which I keep to put in stir-fries when we don't want rice. He loves boxed macaroni and cheese too. I am preparing him well for college life!

I love pasta with olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes.

I can't eat thick spaghetti. Some textural thing.
Too funny. I don't like thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta be cause it seems too thin and mushy.
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Post by: AuntieA on September 19, 2013, 07:19:20 PM
Pasta -al dente. BF wants his overcooked.

Steamed veggies - I like mine to be tender-crisp. BF wants his mushy.

Did I mention he also won't eat onions or garlic? This is why I don't cook at his house very often.

Back to the topic:  After decades of picking green peppers off pizzas, I finally had some julienned peppers (green, red, and yellow) in a salad about 10 years ago. I love the red, yellow & orange ones, and will now eat the green ones on pizza or in stirfries.
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Post by: Doll Fiend on September 19, 2013, 07:42:49 PM
Scallops. Tried them and don't like them. It is a texture thing. Too mushy.
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Post by: Shalamar on September 19, 2013, 08:29:23 PM
I tried jellyfish for the first time at a Chinese friend's wedding.   BLEAH.   Never again!
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Post by: Dazi on September 20, 2013, 05:42:22 AM
A few years ago DH made me try sauerkraut.  Oh, where has it been my entire life?  It is so good. 
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Post by: Venus193 on September 20, 2013, 07:51:39 AM
I used to think that I hated all pasta.   I found it mushy and tasteless, even with sauce.   Then one day I tried whole wheat pasta that was very slightly undercooked, and it was DELICIOUS - chewy with a great flavor.   I guess my mum had just been overcooking it all those years!

My mother always overcooked brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower.  I like them crunchy.  I even prefer broccoli and cauliflower raw.
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Post by: cwm on September 20, 2013, 10:55:58 AM
I love broccoli (not mushy, but lightly cooked is okay), can't stand cauliflower. I don't know why.

Ramen stir-fry is so delicious. I make it with canned chicken and whatever veggies I happen to have on hand and it's delightful. But the noodles still have to be slightly al dente. Oddly, when I'm eating it as ramen noodles, the noodles are better when they're overcooked.

I don't like thick pasta noodles. Fettucine is just disturbing, and if I'm eating spaghetti, I prefer angel hair. Then again, I also like macaroni, farfalle, and rotini, so I guess it's just the long and thick that I can't do.
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Post by: hobish on September 20, 2013, 01:00:03 PM
I tried jellyfish for the first time at a Chinese friend's wedding.   BLEAH.   Never again!

I didn't even know thereis jellyfish you can eat. I have to try that!

ETA:
If anyone else is interested, here is a neat article about edible jellyfish and how it is prepared.
http://www.eattheweeds.com/stomolophus-meleagris-edible-jellyfish-2/ (http://www.eattheweeds.com/stomolophus-meleagris-edible-jellyfish-2/)
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 20, 2013, 01:09:46 PM
I tried jellyfish for the first time at a Chinese friend's wedding.   BLEAH.   Never again!

I didn't even know thereis jellyfish you can eat. I have to try that!

ETA:
If anyone else is interested, here is a neat article about edible jellyfish and how it is prepared.
http://www.eattheweeds.com/stomolophus-meleagris-edible-jellyfish-2/ (http://www.eattheweeds.com/stomolophus-meleagris-edible-jellyfish-2/)

Please forgive my Ogden Nash obsession; but to be honest, re this subject, he nailed it for me.

"Who wants my jellyfish?
 I'm not sellyfish."
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: jpcher on September 20, 2013, 04:54:09 PM
Back to the topic:  After decades of picking green peppers off pizzas, I finally had some julienned peppers (green, red, and yellow) in a salad about 10 years ago. I love the red, yellow & orange ones, and will now eat the green ones on pizza or in stirfries.

I still can't eat the green bell peppers, even though I try them now and again.

Red, yellow & orange (plus every other pepper I've ever tried)? I love.

What is it about the green peppers? They are the only ones that do some serious talking back to me.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 20, 2013, 06:45:51 PM
They do tend to be full of water, green capsicums. We have red ones here usually. Though the heavily pregnant one I disemboweled the other day was a bit strange.
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Post by: Tea Drinker on September 20, 2013, 06:58:28 PM
Back to the topic:  After decades of picking green peppers off pizzas, I finally had some julienned peppers (green, red, and yellow) in a salad about 10 years ago. I love the red, yellow & orange ones, and will now eat the green ones on pizza or in stirfries.

I still can't eat the green bell peppers, even though I try them now and again.

Red, yellow & orange (plus every other pepper I've ever tried)? I love.

What is it about the green peppers? They are the only ones that do some serious talking back to me.

It might be because they aren't as ripe.

Sometimes I see part-green, part-red peppers in the market; if I buy those and don't eat them right away, they gradually turn red as they ripen fully. I've also seen green-and-yellow bell peppers at the farmer's market.

(I like green peppers too, not just the red, yellow, and orange ones. I think it's like people liking bananas at different levels of ripeness.)
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Post by: blue2000 on September 21, 2013, 02:27:45 PM
Back to the topic:  After decades of picking green peppers off pizzas, I finally had some julienned peppers (green, red, and yellow) in a salad about 10 years ago. I love the red, yellow & orange ones, and will now eat the green ones on pizza or in stirfries.

I still can't eat the green bell peppers, even though I try them now and again.

Red, yellow & orange (plus every other pepper I've ever tried)? I love.

What is it about the green peppers? They are the only ones that do some serious talking back to me.

It might be because they aren't as ripe.

Sometimes I see part-green, part-red peppers in the market; if I buy those and don't eat them right away, they gradually turn red as they ripen fully. I've also seen green-and-yellow bell peppers at the farmer's market.

(I like green peppers too, not just the red, yellow, and orange ones. I think it's like people liking bananas at different levels of ripeness.)

I agree. Some green bell peppers are still green when they ripen. I looked it up since I remember Dad growing them as a kid (and me weeding them! Augh!). Apparently most people don't grow these anymore. :(

So it probably is the state of ripeness that affects your stomach.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: Elfmama on September 22, 2013, 10:56:23 AM

I don't like thick pasta noodles. Fettucine is just disturbing, and if I'm eating spaghetti, I prefer angel hair. Then again, I also like macaroni, farfalle, and rotini, so I guess it's just the long and thick that I can't do.
(http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/rofl-k2.gif) Sorry -- but that sounds like an excellent candidate for the "Things that Sound Dirty but Aren't" thread!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 22, 2013, 01:29:40 PM

I don't like thick pasta noodles. Fettucine is just disturbing, and if I'm eating spaghetti, I prefer angel hair. Then again, I also like macaroni, farfalle, and rotini, so I guess it's just the long and thick that I can't do.
(http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/rofl-k2.gif) Sorry -- but that sounds like an excellent candidate for the "Things that Sound Dirty but Aren't" thread!

So glad I'm not the only one whose brain went there :)
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Post by: magicdomino on September 22, 2013, 06:30:22 PM

I don't like thick pasta noodles. Fettucine is just disturbing, and if I'm eating spaghetti, I prefer angel hair. Then again, I also like macaroni, farfalle, and rotini, so I guess it's just the long and thick that I can't do.
(http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/rofl-k2.gif) Sorry -- but that sounds like an excellent candidate for the "Things that Sound Dirty but Aren't" thread!

So glad I'm not the only one whose brain went there :)

Nope, you're not.   8)
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: Julia Mercer on September 22, 2013, 09:08:56 PM

I don't like thick pasta noodles. Fettucine is just disturbing, and if I'm eating spaghetti, I prefer angel hair. Then again, I also like macaroni, farfalle, and rotini, so I guess it's just the long and thick that I can't do.
(http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/rofl-k2.gif) Sorry -- but that sounds like an excellent candidate for the "Things that Sound Dirty but Aren't" thread!

So glad I'm not the only one whose brain went there :)

Nope, you're not.   8)

My mind went there as well!
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: English1 on September 26, 2013, 07:49:15 AM
scallops. I don't eat any type of shellfish but was persuaded to try a bite of these a couple of days ago. They were ok, yes a sweet taste, but not great texture (mushy/meaty) and don't think I'd bother again. If I want to eat something sweet I can have a piece of chocolate, not these.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: z_squared82 on September 26, 2013, 12:23:57 PM
I finally had the opportunity to try rabbit. I did not care for that. It tasted muddy. I'll try it a second time just to make sure (b/c sometimes it is in the preparation), but I won't go out of my way to do so.

Speaking of sushi, I find I like it sometimes. Depends on what's in it. I was at a restaurant a couple of months ago with an extensive sushi selection. And I started craving sushi, something I'm not even sure I like! I ordered a roll with tempura shrimp and beef. It was pretty tasty.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 26, 2013, 12:34:29 PM
I recommend a Tempura roll to anyone trying sushi and nervous about raw fish. Also, seared Ahi tuna is divine.
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Post by: cheyne on September 26, 2013, 04:25:25 PM
I'll try anything.  Literally anything.  I spent 10 years living/working in various countries around the world.  I sampled (and pigged out) on local dishes and delicacies with gusto.  Balut, sashimi, asocena, cabrito, gan hoe, any and all seafood?  Sure!  Any kind of weird, not-sure-what-it-is dish?  You betcha! 

I met my Waterloo when we moved back to Minnesota and the local church served Lutefisk.  I got myself a small serving with a cup of melted butter for dipping.  I was told to eat it hot, so I dug in as soon as I sat down.  I speared a piece of Lutefisk with my fork, dunked it into the steaming melted butter and popped it in my mouth.

As I started to chew, this weird fishy aftertaste began to permeate my tastebuds.  Then the texture hit me-it was like eating warm buttery fish jelly.  I have never spit food out but I was so tempted to do so then.  I quickly swallowed the fish jelly and took a long drink of milk to remove the taste. 

It took the Norwegians to defeat my tastebuds, but never again will I consume Lutefisk.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: Elfmama on September 26, 2013, 04:36:31 PM
It's a bit too long to post in its entirety, but I present to you: Lutefisk and Yams. (http://www.oldlutheran.com/page.php?page=humor&id=8)
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: cheyne on September 26, 2013, 06:07:44 PM
That's exactly how I feel about Lutefisk (but I do like yams)  :D
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 27, 2013, 08:23:26 AM
That's exactly how I feel about Lutefisk (but I do like yams)  :D

There used to be a restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that offered both Chinese and Scandanavian food.  We always wondered if they served Lutefisk Lo Mein. 
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Post by: Shalamar on September 27, 2013, 09:43:30 AM
When King of the Hill described in detail how Lutefisk is prepared, I thought "Nope.  Never trying that." 
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Post by: DollyPond on September 27, 2013, 12:40:36 PM
When King of the Hill described in detail how Lutefisk is prepared, I thought "Nope.  Never trying that."

It then makes you wonder who thought of preparing fish that way in the first place.

This is my question when it comes to nixtimalated corn (the masa used to make tamales).  Who thought to soak the corn in lye before then drying it to make flour?  Yes, it does make the corn more nutritious but no one being a trained chemist long, long ago they would not have known that beforehand.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 27, 2013, 02:05:17 PM
When King of the Hill described in detail how Lutefisk is prepared, I thought "Nope.  Never trying that."

It then makes you wonder who thought of preparing fish that way in the first place.

This is my question when it comes to nixtimalated corn (the masa used to make tamales).  Who thought to soak the corn in lye before then drying it to make flour?  Yes, it does make the corn more nutritious but no one being a trained chemist long, long ago they would not have known that beforehand.

It was probably a mistake.  Much like mixing wood ash and lye to make soap was probably a mistake as well
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Post by: Stirling on September 27, 2013, 02:18:04 PM
I have tried alpaca and enjoyed it.  It tasted a lot like lamb.  I have also tried ostrich and enjoyed it very much.  I once tried guinea pig and didnít care for it.  As a rule I donít eat organ meat, so I wonít try it.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 27, 2013, 05:31:47 PM
Alligator is delicious and abundant here in Florida.  8)
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 27, 2013, 05:46:39 PM
I once tried guinea pig and didnít care for it.

I'd like to try guinea pig (and I also think pet guinea pigs are adorable -- the two don't necessarily have to be self-contradictory). But I live in a country where acquiring g.p. to eat, could get one into trouble -- and the Andes are a long way away, and expensive to visit.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 27, 2013, 05:54:49 PM
There are guinea pig farms in the US for the food market.
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Post by: Katana_Geldar on September 27, 2013, 06:10:41 PM
I have tried kangaroo, which is like lamb but tougher but not emu. In our country you can eat the coat of arms with no qualms.
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Post by: Sahaira on September 27, 2013, 06:48:45 PM
Mine would be avocado. First tried as a kid, yuck. Tried it again a few years later, still yuck. Tried once again recently 9hey, sometimes your tastes change!) And once again yuck. The fatty texture and weird taste. Not happening :P

I'll happily trade all avocados for the sushi a lot of you don't like :) I could eat sushi every day.
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 27, 2013, 07:21:19 PM
There are guinea pig farms in the US for the food market.
Can you put me in touch with one?  Air freight -- do-able.
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Post by: Dazi on September 27, 2013, 07:29:46 PM
Alligator is delicious and abundant here in Florida.  8)

Yes, yes it is.   ;)  Though it's been many years, snakes are also very, very tasty...the more poisonous the tastier.  I've always wondered why that is.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 27, 2013, 07:54:22 PM
Mine would be avocado. First tried as a kid, yuck. Tried it again a few years later, still yuck. Tried once again recently 9hey, sometimes your tastes change!) And once again yuck. The fatty texture and weird taste. Not happening :P

I'll happily trade all avocados for the sushi a lot of you don't like :) I could eat sushi every day.

Sorry you can't have mine.  I like avocados AND sushi
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: dawnfire on September 28, 2013, 08:04:56 AM
I have tried kangaroo, which is like lamb but tougher but not emu. In our country you can eat the coat of arms with no qualms.
kangaroo is nice but you have to be careful not to overcook it.

hubby want to do a dish with kangaroo, emu and wattleseeds.
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Post by: Psychopoesie on September 28, 2013, 08:20:19 AM
I have tried kangaroo, which is like lamb but tougher but not emu. In our country you can eat the coat of arms with no qualms.
kangaroo is nice but you have to be careful not to overcook it.

hubby want to do a dish with kangaroo, emu and wattleseeds.

A local business makes a kangaroo proscuitto which is really tasty.  Vaguely recall trying emu but don't think it made much of an impression - better give it another go.

Like the idea of having the total coat of arms experience. :)

Crocodile is also yummy although I've only had it as a burger. Tasted sort of fishy.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 28, 2013, 10:10:24 AM
I tried ostrich once.  It was tasty but, talk about tough!  You'd almost need stainless steel teeth to eat the stuff. 

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Post by: Library Dragon on September 28, 2013, 08:48:18 PM
When we moved to N. Alabama emu and ostrich "ranches" were the get rich idea. 

Our county has a chilli challenge as a hospice fundraiser every year.  For a few years there was different emu and ostrich chillis.  It was all too gamey for my tastes.  Granted, it could have been the preparation, but it wasn't a good promo for raising emu.
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 29, 2013, 05:39:22 AM
Crocodile is also yummy although I've only had it as a burger. Tasted sort of fishy.
I once tried crocodile, in Zimbabwe -- rated it disappointing. In this instance, it was in "steak" form: tasted to me rather like codfish, but a weaker, insipid version of that flavour. And I found it somewhat tough and chewy. Perhaps it was the preparation that was at fault...
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Post by: magicdomino on September 29, 2013, 11:50:59 AM
I have tried alpaca and enjoyed it.  It tasted a lot like lamb.  I have also tried ostrich and enjoyed it very much.  I once tried guinea pig and didnít care for it.  As a rule I donít eat organ meat, so I wonít try it.

I haven't tried ostrich yet, but liked alpaca and kangaroo.  I had guinea pig as a pizza topping and wasn't impressed.  A young gentleman at the table next to me got the roasted guinea pig; he said it was like eating a bony rabbit.  With apologies to the Peruvians, guinea pigs make much better pets than entrees.
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Post by: Twik on September 29, 2013, 11:56:28 AM
Alligator is delicious and abundant here in Florida.  8)

Yes, yes it is.   ;)  Though it's been many years, snakes are also very, very tasty...the more poisonous the tastier.  I've always wondered why that is.

The more tasty you are, the better defense you need?
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 29, 2013, 12:25:03 PM
I haven't tried ostrich yet, but liked alpaca and kangaroo.  I had guinea pig as a pizza topping and wasn't impressed.  A young gentleman at the table next to me got the roasted guinea pig; he said it was like eating a bony rabbit.  With apologies to the Peruvians, guinea pigs make much better pets than entrees.

I find rabbits themselves -- while tasty -- desperately bony. Maybe I'll pass on g/ps as food.
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on September 29, 2013, 07:37:07 PM
I had rabbit at a Cuban restaurant in DC, stewed in a spicy peanut-tomato sauce. Yummy!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 29, 2013, 08:26:59 PM
I like rabbit and hare.  I've had emu, lion, alligator and ostrich.  Of the 4 I'd eat a lion burger again.  The other 3 were OK, but not anything special.  Especially not alligator.
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 29, 2013, 08:47:37 PM
DH won't rabbit which is a shame as I really like it. We raised our own to eat (generally similar to fried chicken).

I've had Rocky Mountain Oysters and don't care for them at all.  Most organ meats are generally out and some I cannot bring myself to try.  In my bio family we always fought for the chicken gizzard and heart.  Liver is generally a full stop NO.  The exception is fois gras, but the vetting process is difficult in restaurants so it's a rare treat.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 29, 2013, 09:12:30 PM
DH won't rabbit which is a shame as I really like it. We raised our own to eat (generally similar to fried chicken).

I've had Rocky Mountain Oysters and don't care for them at all.  Most organ meats are generally out and some I cannot bring myself to try.  In my bio family we always fought for the chicken gizzard and heart.  Liver is generally a full stop NO.  The exception is fois gras, but the vetting process is difficult in restaurants so it's a rare treat.

I like liver, but only if it's not cooked to death.  I also enjoy sweetmeats with red cabbage, apples, and raisins.  I will eat organ meats if there is nothing else, but I don't love them to death. 

What's the vetting process for foie gras? 
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: Psychopoesie on September 29, 2013, 09:26:01 PM
My grandma used to call rabbit "poor man's chicken".

How things have changed. Noticed the big supermarket chain's butchery was selling rabbit for way more than a chook, these days.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: White Lotus on September 29, 2013, 09:55:26 PM
Much of what all of you eat or don't is just out for veg. me.  Off the table, as it were.
But:
Veg sushi?  Love it.  Seaweed: tastes like the sea; great.  Goat cheese?  That is a big no.  Tastes like goats smell.  I like goats, but Billy goats do not smell good.  Instant oatmeal is a reject.  Steel cut is good!  Can't bring myself to try tempeh.  It is fermented soybeans, in slabs, cooked as a meat analog, and just doesn't sound appealing.  Not nuts about natto, either.  That is a texture thing; it tastes OK.  I had it fried recently (don't know how authentic that is!) and it was good.  Homemade Kim chee is good; storebought, not so much.  Sauerkraut I have never liked.  I can barely handle durian -- think of eating a lovely peach in a horrid outhouse and you'll kind of get the idea.  Another veg heresy (along with the tempeh): I can't stand quinoa except in small quantities compared to other ingredients in the dish, and very heavily dressed or sauced.  Don't like button mushrooms, really I don't, but other fungus is just fine with me.  Go figure.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: Library Dragon on September 29, 2013, 11:00:19 PM
DH won't rabbit which is a shame as I really like it. We raised our own to eat (generally similar to fried chicken).

I've had Rocky Mountain Oysters and don't care for them at all.  Most organ meats are generally out and some I cannot bring myself to try.  In my bio family we always fought for the chicken gizzard and heart.  Liver is generally a full stop NO.  The exception is fois gras, but the vetting process is difficult in restaurants so it's a rare treat.

I like liver, but only if it's not cooked to death.  I also enjoy sweetmeats with red cabbage, apples, and raisins.  I will eat organ meats if there is nothing else, but I don't love them to death. 

What's the vetting process for foie gras?

There are places that don't individually crate or use the feeding tube.  Hudson Valley is the one I've most often found in restaurants.  The menu will generally note the source as Hudson Valley. Asking the wait staff can be a challenge. I get the "Why would you want to know that" look.  If the staff cannot answer the question or quickly find out it's not a good sign. 

Yes, I'm the snowflake that also likes to know where my lamb and venison was raised. 
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 29, 2013, 11:02:43 PM
Much of what all of you eat or don't is just out for veg. me.  Off the table, as it were.
But:
Veg sushi?  Love it.  Seaweed: tastes like the sea; great.  Goat cheese?  That is a big no.  Tastes like goats smell.  I like goats, but Billy goats do not smell good.  Instant oatmeal is a reject.  Steel cut is good!  Can't bring myself to try tempeh.  It is fermented soybeans, in slabs, cooked as a meat analog, and just doesn't sound appealing.  Not nuts about natto, either.  That is a texture thing; it tastes OK.  I had it fried recently (don't know how authentic that is!) and it was good.  Homemade Kim chee is good; storebought, not so much.  Sauerkraut I have never liked.  I can barely handle durian -- think of eating a lovely peach in a horrid outhouse and you'll kind of get the idea.  Another veg heresy (along with the tempeh): I can't stand quinoa except in small quantities compared to other ingredients in the dish, and very heavily dressed or sauced.  Don't like button mushrooms, really I don't, but other fungus is just fine with me.  Go figure.

You don't like quinoa!!! *clutches pearls* :D
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: Dazi on September 30, 2013, 05:40:31 AM
Much of what all of you eat or don't is just out for veg. me.  Off the table, as it were.
But:
Veg sushi?  Love it.  Seaweed: tastes like the sea; great.  Goat cheese?  That is a big no.  Tastes like goats smell.  I like goats, but Billy goats do not smell good.  Instant oatmeal is a reject.  Steel cut is good!  Can't bring myself to try tempeh.  It is fermented soybeans, in slabs, cooked as a meat analog, and just doesn't sound appealing.  Not nuts about natto, either.  That is a texture thing; it tastes OK.  I had it fried recently (don't know how authentic that is!) and it was good.  Homemade Kim chee is good; storebought, not so much.  Sauerkraut I have never liked.  I can barely handle durian -- think of eating a lovely peach in a horrid outhouse and you'll kind of get the idea.  Another veg heresy (along with the tempeh): I can't stand quinoa except in small quantities compared to other ingredients in the dish, and very heavily dressed or sauced.  Don't like button mushrooms, really I don't, but other fungus is just fine with me.  Go figure.

You don't like quinoa!!! *clutches pearls* :D

I'm not a big fan of it either.  It taste okay, but I find the texture a bit off-putting.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: cabbageweevil on September 30, 2013, 06:10:05 AM
Much of what all of you eat or don't is just out for veg. me.  Off the table, as it were.
But:
Veg sushi?  Love it.  Seaweed: tastes like the sea; great.  Goat cheese?  That is a big no.  Tastes like goats smell.  I like goats, but Billy goats do not smell good.  Instant oatmeal is a reject.  Steel cut is good!  Can't bring myself to try tempeh.  It is fermented soybeans, in slabs, cooked as a meat analog, and just doesn't sound appealing.  Not nuts about natto, either.  That is a texture thing; it tastes OK.  I had it fried recently (don't know how authentic that is!) and it was good.  Homemade Kim chee is good; storebought, not so much.  Sauerkraut I have never liked.  I can barely handle durian -- think of eating a lovely peach in a horrid outhouse and you'll kind of get the idea.  Another veg heresy (along with the tempeh): I can't stand quinoa except in small quantities compared to other ingredients in the dish, and very heavily dressed or sauced.  Don't like button mushrooms, really I don't, but other fungus is just fine with me.  Go figure.

You don't like quinoa!!! *clutches pearls* :D

I'm not a big fan of it either.  It taste okay, but I find the texture a bit off-putting.

I'm not a big quinoa-lover -- don't loathe it, but don't join in any stampedes for it. For me, it's the taste that's "off".  One understands that it's related to spinach (which is one of those things that promotes wondering whether biologists are fully right in the head).  I find that it does taste rather like spinach; but in all other respects, it looks and feels like a kind of grain. I don't at all dislike spinach -- just, grains are (IMO) supposed not to taste of very much; they're there to bulk up the rest of the meal.  Quinoa simply strikes me -- irrationally, I admit -- as wrong.
Title: Re: I finally worked up the nerve to taste......
Post by: z_squared82 on September 30, 2013, 08:23:12 AM
Much of what all of you eat or don't is just out for veg. me.  Off the table, as it were.
But:
Veg sushi?  Love it.  Seaweed: tastes like the sea; great.  Goat cheese?  That is a big no.  Tastes like goats smell.  I like goats, but Billy goats do not smell good.  Instant oatmeal is a reject.  Steel cut is good!  Can't bring myself to try tempeh.  It is fermented soybeans, in slabs, cooked as a meat analog, and just doesn't sound appealing.  Not nuts about natto, either.  That is a texture thing; it tastes OK.  I had it fried recently (don't know how authentic that is!) and it was good.  Homemade Kim chee is good; storebought, not so much.  Sauerkraut I have never liked.  I can barely handle durian -- think of eating a lovely peach in a horrid outhouse and you'll kind of get the idea.  Another veg heresy (along with the tempeh): I can't stand quinoa except in small quantities compared to other ingredients in the dish, and very heavily dressed or sauced.  Don't like button mushrooms, really I don't, but other fungus is just fine with me.  Go figure.

You don't like quinoa!!! *clutches pearls* :D

I'm not a big fan of it either.  It taste okay, but I find the texture a bit off-putting.

I'm not a big quinoa-lover -- don't loathe it, but don't join in any stampedes for it. For me, it's the taste that's "off".  One understands that it's related to spinach (which is one of those things that promotes wondering whether biologists are fully right in the head).  I find that it does taste rather like spinach; but in all other respects, it looks and feels like a kind of grain. I don't at all dislike spinach -- just, grains are (IMO) supposed not to taste of very much; they're there to bulk up the rest of the meal.  Quinoa simply strikes me -- irrationally, I admit -- as wrong.

I had quinoa once and didn't care for it. But I'll totally try it again, b/c it was at a catered wedding where everything was gluten free and nothing tasted good. (Basically, I think it was the caterer's fault, not the food's.)
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Post by: cabbageweevil on September 30, 2013, 08:29:24 AM
I had quinoa once and didn't care for it. But I'll totally try it again, b/c it was at a catered wedding where everything was gluten free and nothing tasted good. (Basically, I think it was the caterer's fault, not the food's.)

Well -- with their quinoa, and their guinea pigs, maybe umpteen million Andean folk can't be wrong...
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 30, 2013, 09:35:04 AM
Love Quinoa, despise couscous. The flavor reminds me of old socks.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 30, 2013, 09:40:17 AM
After hearing from relatives about the wonder that is quinoa, we bought a box.  It was underwhelming.  We used it enough to finish the box but neither of us liked the texture. 

Now, couscous is a different thing.  We enjoy it very much.  The 'dirty sock' flavor described by anotheroster probably comes from cumin.  That produces the 'sweatiness'. 
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 30, 2013, 11:15:51 AM
I love cumin, but this was an unflavored couscous. I added chicken broth and garlic, but the musty flavor was prominent.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 30, 2013, 12:22:55 PM
I wonder if couscous is like wild rice?  You need to soak it and change the water a couple of times to rinse out the mustiness.  And then cook it.
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Post by: #borecore on September 30, 2013, 01:45:49 PM
Couscous is ... pasta. It shouldn't taste weird or even substantially different from every other wheat pasta. It's just a different texture/size/shape.

Soaking couscous prior to cooking would make it mushier, but it wouldn't change the flavor.

If it tasted musty, my guess is that the storage container had gotten wet at some point and imported an old/stinky cardboard flavor on the couscous.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 30, 2013, 02:05:19 PM
I thought couscous was a grain... My bad.   :)
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Post by: Pen^2 on September 30, 2013, 02:23:48 PM
Durian. Never again.

I am now aware that there are foods which I am physiologically incapable of swallowing, no matter how hard I try. Normally, if I'm eating something that tastes gross, I'll swallow it quickly and rinse my mouth with something strong to get rid of the taste. Today I learnt that when something reeks of grassy livestock excrement, I gag too much to be able to swallow or breathe. I've brushed my teeth and tongue twice and drank everything I can find but I can still taste it :'(

And no, it wasn't a bad batch or anything. Durian always smells like that. Some people can't smell it (maybe it's genetic, like being able to taste PTC?), and they say that what's left tastes lovely. But the horrible odour of fresh cow pats is how the rest of us define the fruit.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 30, 2013, 04:51:23 PM
I love cumin, but this was an unflavored couscous. I added chicken broth and garlic, but the musty flavor was prominent.

Yeah it sounds like to box got a bit moldy and transfered the flavor into the couscous.  it's basically a pasta.  You cook it by pouring boiling water over it and let it sit for 10 min or so.  Its super flexible in terms of flavor since it's so bland
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Post by: MizA on September 30, 2013, 05:35:22 PM
Durian. Never again.

I am now aware that there are foods which I am physiologically incapable of swallowing, no matter how hard I try. Normally, if I'm eating something that tastes gross, I'll swallow it quickly and rinse my mouth with something strong to get rid of the taste. Today I learnt that when something reeks of grassy livestock excrement, I gag too much to be able to swallow or breathe. I've brushed my teeth and tongue twice and drank everything I can find but I can still taste it :'(

And no, it wasn't a bad batch or anything. Durian always smells like that. Some people can't smell it (maybe it's genetic, like being able to taste PTC?), and they say that what's left tastes lovely. But the horrible odour of fresh cow pats is how the rest of us define the fruit.

I ate toothpaste after trying durian. And chewed two packs of gum. And drank about two litres of water. But the onion-y custard and footmong taste of it just would. Not. Go. Away. For about 2 days. And despite only swallowing an iota, I was belching durian for *days*.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 30, 2013, 05:56:02 PM
I love cumin, but this was an unflavored couscous. I added chicken broth and garlic, but the musty flavor was prominent.

Yeah it sounds like to box got a bit moldy and transfered the flavor into the couscous.  it's basically a pasta.  You cook it by pouring boiling water over it and let it sit for 10 min or so.  Its super flexible in terms of flavor since it's so bland

I had bought the box of it a week or two before use from Whole Foods. I thought it was supposed to taste like that!
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Post by: Dazi on September 30, 2013, 07:21:31 PM
<snip>
Durian always smells like that. Some people can't smell it (maybe it's genetic, like being able to taste PTC?), and they say that what's left tastes lovely. But the horrible odour of fresh cow pats is how the rest of us define the fruit.

Granted, I'm a super smeller/taster, but I have to ask...

How can someone not smell Durian?  I can smell it over a block away when the local Ethnic food grocer has it.  It is just awful, like sewage, locker room, stinky feet, rotting liquified onions and dead lizard rolled into one horrifying breath.
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Post by: Pen^2 on September 30, 2013, 07:58:58 PM
<snip>
Durian always smells like that. Some people can't smell it (maybe it's genetic, like being able to taste PTC?), and they say that what's left tastes lovely. But the horrible odour of fresh cow pats is how the rest of us define the fruit.

Granted, I'm a super smeller/taster, but I have to ask...

How can someone not smell Durian?  I can smell it over a block away when the local Ethnic food grocer has it.  It is just awful, like sewage, locker room, stinky feet, rotting liquified onions and dead lizard rolled into one horrifying breath.

This is why I think it must be a genetic thing. Have you ever done a PTC test? It's a chemical that you can either taste or you can't depending on whether you have one version of a specific gene for it. There's not really a half-way. It tastes like kind of really strong, unpleasant glue. We tried it during my undergrad--it was put on strips of paper that we licked. Some people gagged and looked aghast at the taste while others would say calmly, "I think I must have just got paper, are you sure you didn't forget to add the PTC?"

Durian, to me, smells like a sewer which has been leaking badly for several weeks. I have to walk past a place that sells it on my way to work and it's awful. I really think the only way so many people can eat it is because they lack a gene or something to taste the godawfulness. Otherwise, I'd have to assume that about a third of people here cannot taste anything at all to be able to not only put up with it but actually enjoy it. And a third seems a little high. How else can you explain that people don't all wretch when they walk pass a shop that intensely reeks of sewerage? It's a natural reaction to anything smelling like that--you can't help but wrinkle your nose, at least! If you offered someone a spoonful of dung, they wouldn't be able to swallow it, I'm sure, due to gagging and so on. It's an instinct to not enjoy that kind of smell. So I'm convinced they just can't smell it.

Oh, and it's not one of those things you have to grow up eating to enjoy. DH grew up with it and he hates it.

MizA--I ate (or attempted to eat), appropriately, a piece the size of a rabbit pellet. I have since consumed, among other things, a large amount of salt, olive oil, chili powder, and soy sauce. The taste won't go away. Did it just fade on its own after 2 days, or did something you tried work or help a little? Please tell me! In the meantime, I'll try toothpaste. It can't hurt and I don't enjoy my own mouth tasting like the opposite end of my alimentary canal.
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Post by: Dazi on September 30, 2013, 08:14:56 PM
<snip>
Durian always smells like that. Some people can't smell it (maybe it's genetic, like being able to taste PTC?), and they say that what's left tastes lovely. But the horrible odour of fresh cow pats is how the rest of us define the fruit.

Granted, I'm a super smeller/taster, but I have to ask...

How can someone not smell Durian?  I can smell it over a block away when the local Ethnic food grocer has it.  It is just awful, like sewage, locker room, stinky feet, rotting liquefied onions and dead lizard rolled into one horrifying breath.

This is why I think it must be a genetic thing. Have you ever done a PTC test? It's a chemical that you can either taste or you can't depending on whether you have one version of a specific gene for it. There's not really a half-way. It tastes like kind of really strong, unpleasant glue. We tried it during my undergrad--it was put on strips of paper that we licked. Some people gagged and looked aghast at the taste while others would say calmly, "I think I must have just got paper, are you sure you didn't forget to add the PTC?"

Durian, to me, smells like a sewer which has been leaking badly for several weeks. I have to walk past a place that sells it on

my way to work and it's awful. I really think the only way so many people can eat it is because they lack a gene or something to taste the godawfulness. Otherwise, I'd have to assume that about a third of people here cannot taste anything at all to be able to not only put up with it but actually enjoy it. And a third seems a little high. How else can you explain that people don't all wretch when they walk pass a shop that intensely reeks of sewerage? It's a natural reaction to anything smelling like that--you can't help but wrinkle your nose, at least! If you offered someone a spoonful of dung, they wouldn't be able to swallow it, I'm sure, due to gagging and so on. It's an instinct to not enjoy that kind of smell. So I'm convinced they just can't smell it.

Oh, and it's not one of those things you have to grow up eating to enjoy. DH grew up with it and he hates it.

MizA--I ate (or attempted to eat), appropriately, a piece the size of a rabbit pellet. I have since consumed, among other things, a large amount of salt, olive oil, chili powder, and soy sauce. The taste won't go away. Did it just fade on its own after 2 days, or did something you tried work or help a little? Please tell me! In the meantime, I'll try toothpaste. It can't hurt and I don't enjoy my own mouth tasting like the opposite end of my alimentary canal.

Yeap, I can taste PTC and can smell it on the test strips.  It has a very bitter taste to me, like leeks do (or onions cooked in a crockpot...kind of sulfury, metallic, anise, tarragon, soapy nastiness).
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Post by: Tea Drinker on September 30, 2013, 08:18:34 PM
I have never had durian, but I once tried some durian-flavored cookies. (More precisely, they were sandwich cookies, and the cream in the middle was durian-flavored.) That was quite enough. Fortunately, I got to take a deep breath of fresh lily of the valley a few minutes later, which got the smell out of my system. The actual fruit is more pungent, but it might be worth trying to overwhelm your olfactory nerves with a strong dose of something pleasant, some perfume you like, while you wait for the durian to go away.
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Post by: turtleIScream on September 30, 2013, 08:59:50 PM
Cole slaw. Growing up, cole slaw was the nasty, runny, gloppy side we'd get at Long John Silvers or KFC. A friend of mine brought homemade slaw to a potluck about 4 months ago, and I figured I would be polite and at least try it. Whaddya know? I like the good stuff!
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Post by: o_gal on October 01, 2013, 07:28:38 AM
Spruce beer - like root beer, birch beer, or sarsaparilla, but made with the stuff from a spruce tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce_beer

Wow that was Nasty! Like drinking a bunch of pine needles or a bottle of Pine-Sol (U.S. cleaning agent made to mix with water and used to clean things like floors). We've tried over a hundred different brands of root beers/birch beers/sarsaparillas and we have saved the bottles from all of them. They're displayed on shelves in the kitchen. This is the first bottle that is going straight into the recycling bin because none of us want to admit we've drank it.
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Post by: BrownEyedGirl on December 10, 2013, 05:33:48 PM
Coffee!

33 years old and I'd never really tried it.  I took a sip of it twice and it was so gross that I swore I'd never do it again.  However, I work with a bunch of women who you'd think have coffee running through their veins instead of blood, and they finally convinced me to try it 'properly'.  So I poured a bit, dosed it with a good amount of sugar and flavored creamer, and to my surprise, it wasn't bad.  Not something I'd drink every day, but once in a while.  I'll never be a coffee aficionado but at least I can say I've tried it!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 10, 2013, 06:00:13 PM
I love coffee and it wasn't until after DS was born that I started drinking it. Hmm, that is a connection. I was 29.

Tried on our cruise in October.
Arancini - small balls of risotto with other goodies, breaded and fried. Divine.
Roast duck - it was well roasted, so not as greasy as duck I had before and delicious.
Pineapple mojito - Really, really good and refreshing without being too minty or sweet.
Gardinier vegetables - Pickled cauliflower, peppers, onions, other vegetables. Very nice and refreshing.
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Post by: MrTango on December 10, 2013, 06:42:18 PM
Escargot.  It was on the menu one night in the dining room when my family went on a cruise last month.

It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.
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Post by: Thipu1 on December 10, 2013, 07:04:09 PM
I like escargot but it's usually an excuse to OD on garlic butter. 
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Post by: lady_disdain on December 10, 2013, 07:12:56 PM
Yeap, I can taste PTC and can smell it on the test strips.  It has a very bitter taste to me, like leeks do (or onions cooked in a crockpot...kind of sulfury, metallic, anise, tarragon, soapy nastiness).

This is the first time I've heard leeks described as bitter. Interesting! I love leeks and they have never tasted bitter to me.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on December 10, 2013, 08:35:00 PM
I like escargot but it's usually an excuse to OD on garlic butter. 

Indeed.  It's unseemly to take a spoon and just eat garlic butter and bread as a main course.  People talk ya know :P
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Post by: Elfmama on December 11, 2013, 12:33:49 AM
It is my firm opinion that snails, frog legs, and raw fish wrapped in seaweed are famine foods that people have persuaded themselves are delicacies.
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Post by: HappilyInsane on December 11, 2013, 12:57:47 AM
I finally tried "sausage gravy" when I was in the States a while back.  It was almost white in appearance, and I'm used to gravy being brown, so I just couldn't get over the look of it.  I ended up not finishing my breakfast, which is VERY unusual for me.  :)

Oooh I love sausage gravy, but I don't have it at restaurants.  They use way too much flour and not enough sausage and fat :)  A good sausage gravy should have tons of sausage with just enough gravy to hold it all together.
That's because most restaurants don't actually "make" gravy. They dump a powdered mix into boiling water and stir until it thickens, then put in bits of crumbled sausage because its's faster, easier and cheaper. Not having the grease in there makes a world of difference.

I work in a small restaurant, and we do breakfast one day a week. My gravy starts in the pan where I fried sausage patties, then I add some saved bacon grease and a bit of margarine, then the flour to make the roue. I also use a mix of cream and water instead of milk for the liquid. After it's done, I add sausage bits.
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Post by: iridaceae on December 11, 2013, 03:13:56 AM
I had quinoa once and didn't care for it. But I'll totally try it again, b/c it was at a catered wedding where everything was gluten free and nothing tasted good. (Basically, I think it was the caterer's fault, not the food's.)

Well -- with their quinoa, and their guinea pigs, maybe umpteen million Andean folk can't be wrong...

Late but they also domesticated the potato.
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Post by: cabbageweevil on December 11, 2013, 07:17:59 AM
It is my firm opinion that snails, frog legs, and raw fish wrapped in seaweed are famine foods that people have persuaded themselves are delicacies.

Re famine foods: something about which I'm curious, but have never had the opportunity to try, are limpets. The author of a book about certain small Scottish islands, has this to say about limpets: "...not very pleasant eating. I have tried them fried, boiled, with butter, garlic, parsley. Nothing can really disguise the basic sensation: you are eating someone else's nose. Limpets are, in other words, famine food, a desperate recourse, the sort of protein to which you turn if all other options have gone."

I mentioned these words of the author, to my brother; who turned up via Google, the information that not everyone concurs that limpets are disgusting. It appears that the inhabitants of Madeira are keen limpet-eaters: several Madeiran recipes using the creatures, were cited. They can be done with garlic butter, like French snails; or prepared via a "ceviche"procedure; or there's a somewhat risotto-like recipe.

I am now curious to find out for myself, at first hand, about limpets. So far as I know, they are not sold in the UK via "mainstream" outlets; it would probably be a matter of going to the seaside and gathering one's own.
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Post by: z_squared82 on December 11, 2013, 08:55:06 AM
I have now tried an anchovy. It was awful. I spit it out. Luckily, I was at home by myself, so it's not like it was embarrassing.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 11, 2013, 09:01:01 AM
I totally forgot.

DH and I went out for our anniversary and had the heirloom tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad that had green goddess dressing and white anchovies. It was amazing.
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Post by: kategillian on December 11, 2013, 09:24:45 AM
Raw oysters! I have a friend who has an oyster farm, and he's brought them over to my house before broiled with brie and bacon and what not. And of course they were delicious like that. But the raw ones, yuck!
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Post by: JenJay on December 11, 2013, 09:31:35 AM
Chorizo

I made the mistake of reading the ingredients list on a package of chorizo years ago and swore I'd never eat it. Recently we were at a taco stand with some friends and there it was so I thought "Okay, get over it and try some." and... it was really good! Then yesterday I accidentally looked at the ingredients again (we try to avoid fillers and nitrates so do a lot of label-checking) and dang it, I almost gagged. I think I'll be able to put it out of my mind and try it again. I wish I didn't have such a weak stomach for stuff like that.  :-\
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Post by: Venus193 on December 11, 2013, 10:21:50 AM
Premio brand's fresh chorizo is a good substitute for andouille sausage when making jambalaya.
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Post by: Thipu1 on December 11, 2013, 10:27:47 AM
Raw oysters! I have a friend who has an oyster farm, and he's brought them over to my house before broiled with brie and bacon and what not. And of course they were delicious like that. But the raw ones, yuck!

I have been known to down three dozen raw oysters at one sitting.  Give me a pepper shaker and some lemons and I'm set.
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Post by: lady_disdain on December 11, 2013, 12:11:45 PM
I have now tried an anchovy. It was awful. I spit it out. Luckily, I was at home by myself, so it's not like it was embarrassing.

Anchovies should not be eaten by themselves. Yuck! But add a little to some pasta sauce or to a picatta sauce and it will sing!
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Post by: cwm on December 11, 2013, 12:20:36 PM
Well, it's not something by itself, but I managed to cook with sour cream and still eat the end result. It was a pasta bake, and while I had to run out of the kitchen gagging while I prepared it, it actually tasted good after it was done.

I seriously can't stand the stuff. It's a mix of the taste, the smell, and the texture that get to me. Next time I make this dish, I'll have boyfriend measure and spread it out, and I'll still do everything else. I just can't work with it.

I'm not alone either. Sis was disgusted to learn that a lot of grocery store cookies use sour cream in them as an ingredient. Now look, I don't mind if I don't know it's there and can't detect it, but she's vowing never to buy them again, and why can't the stores just use plain yogurt instead? Valid choice, but usually more expensive, and if you're buying a dozen cookies for $2, they're not going to go with expensive ingredients.
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Post by: Venus193 on December 11, 2013, 12:34:16 PM
I seriously miss the Duncan Hines Sour Cream Chocolate cake mix that was around in the 70s.  However, I can't bring myself to make Beef Stroganoff where sour cream is part of the gravy mix.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 11, 2013, 03:32:32 PM
I love sour cream and bake a lot with it. You can substitute low fat or full fat plain Greek yogurt on a 1:1 ratio.
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Post by: Optimoose Prime on December 11, 2013, 10:32:30 PM
My husband just made musk ox stew/pot roast.  I did not enjoy it.  I am not fond of any game meat but I sucked it up and ate it.  Never again.
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Post by: MrTango on December 11, 2013, 10:52:02 PM
I love sour cream and bake a lot with it. You can substitute low fat or full fat plain Greek yogurt on a 1:1 ratio.

My MIL's Christmas cookie recipe calls for sour cream.  I've come to believe that that's the reason the finished product ends up so tender and moist, even a couple days after baking.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 12, 2013, 08:21:14 AM
Many of my baking recipes use sour cream or Greek yogurt in place of oil, butter, etc. It adds an acidifying ingredient that makes the resulting batter more fine and tender. I also find it makes cake and muffins taste just as good the third day as the first.