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#1 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 6:19 am

I’ve heard the complaints from every direction my whole life when discussing food: I hate XX.

The fat on a ribeye is disgusting!
I can’t stand seafood!
I hate vegetables!
I won’t eat meat on the bone!
Lamb is too gamey!
Duck is too rich!
Soup makes me gag!
My wife hates fennel!

And on and on. Typical, nothing strange about any of this, except maybe the soup one. Everyone has something, right?

The thing is, I don’t. There’s not a single real food I don’t like if it’s of good quality and well prepared. Of course I have preferences, and there are foods I mostly avoid because I think they are unhealthy or for philosophical reasons, but nothing that I think inherently doesn’t taste good when treated right. Certainly nothing that comes up in the course of normal life or most travels.

So far in my life I have found one other person like this, who for all intents and purposes eats everything – a friend in Asia. My husband comes close, but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.

So I’m curious – anyone else here who truly eats every real food, provided it’s properly made?
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#2 Post by JDavisRoby » October 7th, 2020, 6:24 am

I do with the exception of shell fish. And, that is only due to allergy.

Do I have preferences? Sure. But I will generally eat anything put on my plate. Raised my children to be the same way.
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#3 Post by Jay Miller » October 7th, 2020, 6:26 am

Almost. I tried brains once and hated, hated, hated the texture. I don't know if they were prepared badly but I now have a strong aversion.

There are certainly some foods I prefer to avoid (lima beans, salted caramel) but that's the only thing I absolutely refuse to eat regardless of prep.
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#4 Post by Robert Dentice » October 7th, 2020, 6:29 am

I don't like eye balls and whale sperm. Although I am sure some Chef could prepare them in a way I might like them.
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#5 Post by Henry Kiichli » October 7th, 2020, 6:30 am

Hi Sarah,

That's basically me, too. Just about any real food, done right. Very rare exceptions include caraway. Just not for me. I also get a big charge out of trying things. Tripe in Italy, Saumagen in the Pfalz, etc.
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#6 Post by TimF » October 7th, 2020, 6:36 am

Peas and mayonnaise are usually deal breakers for me. It’s a texture thing. Then it’s the method of preparation. Cooked tuna — even seared seems gross to me, for example. Other than that I’ll pretty much eat anything.
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#7 Post by Robert Dentice » October 7th, 2020, 6:40 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
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My husband comes close, but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.

Oh no, you are not getting off that easy! I must ask :)
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#8 Post by RyanC » October 7th, 2020, 6:45 am

I can't think of anything I don't eat, although I'm not super wild about insects.
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#9 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 6:46 am

Robert Dentice wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:40 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:19 am

My husband comes close, but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.

Oh no, you are not getting off that easy! I must ask :)
He'll tell you a different story than I will. ;-) And I seem to recall him eating them quite happily when Chef Renee prepared them so beautifully.
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#10 Post by ybarselah » October 7th, 2020, 6:50 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:19 am
but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.

this made me laugh as it's as arbitrary and capricious as the ones above.

i will say that i will generally not invite lots-of-rules people to dinner at my place, but i can be a prick that way. i'll own it.

this thread will get good, i imagine, with hysterical horror stories.

also, beets are beyond useless.
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#11 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 7:04 am

ybarselah wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:50 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:19 am
but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.

this made me laugh as it's as arbitrary and capricious as the ones above.

i will say that i will generally not invite lots-of-rules people to dinner at my place, but i can be a prick that way. i'll own it.

this thread will get good, i imagine, with hysterical horror stories.

also, beets are beyond useless.
I give him sh-t about the squash thing all the time.

I love the "I am that way. I eat everything! With the exception X, Y and Z, of course." :)
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#12 Post by Michael S. Monie » October 7th, 2020, 7:17 am

The only thing that comes to mind that is a deal breaker are strong, oily fish such as mackerel. I want to like them because I know that they are healthy but I have a visceral gag reflex when I get close. I've long been of the opinion that just because something is edible, that doesn't mean I have a desire to eat it. Insects are an example but I suppose I could do fried crickets if I had to.
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#13 Post by Robert Dentice » October 7th, 2020, 7:20 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:04 am
ybarselah wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:50 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:19 am
but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.

this made me laugh as it's as arbitrary and capricious as the ones above.

i will say that i will generally not invite lots-of-rules people to dinner at my place, but i can be a prick that way. i'll own it.

this thread will get good, i imagine, with hysterical horror stories.

also, beets are beyond useless.
I give him sh-t about the squash thing all the time.

I love the "I am that way. I eat everything! With the exception X, Y and Z, of course." :)
Where does he stand on pumpkin?
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#14 Post by Ron Slye » October 7th, 2020, 7:23 am

In for another "I am like that but X." The only X I can think of is roadside fried spiders in Cambodia. I wanted to try them -- but when the platter piled high with spiders was brought to me, I had to say no. They were much larger than I had though! To put this in perspective, I have eaten worms (in Zimbabwe -- not great but tolerable), and other odd foods. Except for the spiders I would like to think that I will try anything once -- and I would the spiders if they were a bit smaller maybe? Or not from a pop up truck stop on the side of the road.......

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#15 Post by David K o l i n » October 7th, 2020, 7:29 am

My rule is “no pets or family” (dogs, cats, monkeys). Otherwise, I eat everything. There are things I don’t particularly like (cooked green bell peppers and sweet vegetables (like the squash and sweet potatoes mentioned above), which I don’t make at home, but I will eat them outside the house

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#16 Post by TimF » October 7th, 2020, 7:35 am

David K o l i n wrote:
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My rule is “no pets or family” (dogs, cats, monkeys). Otherwise, I eat everything. There are things I don’t particularly like (cooked green bell peppers and sweet vegetables (like the squash and sweet potatoes mentioned above), which I don’t make at home, but I will eat them outside the house
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#17 Post by Victor Hong » October 7th, 2020, 7:49 am

I eat everything. Anything else, I sell to customers.
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#18 Post by David K o l i n » October 7th, 2020, 7:53 am

TimF wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:35 am
David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:29 am
My rule is “no pets or family” (dogs, cats, monkeys). Otherwise, I eat everything. There are things I don’t particularly like (cooked green bell peppers and sweet vegetables (like the squash and sweet potatoes mentioned above), which I don’t make at home, but I will eat them outside the house
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#19 Post by Josh Grossman » October 7th, 2020, 7:56 am

I hate ham loaf. Other than that, I'll try anything.

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#20 Post by Josh Grossman » October 7th, 2020, 7:58 am

David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:53 am
TimF wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:35 am
David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:29 am
My rule is “no pets or family” (dogs, cats, monkeys). Otherwise, I eat everything. There are things I don’t particularly like (cooked green bell peppers and sweet vegetables (like the squash and sweet potatoes mentioned above), which I don’t make at home, but I will eat them outside the house
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#21 Post by NED VALOIS » October 7th, 2020, 8:08 am

I pass on bugs and organ meats, plus anything really weird/old and stinky !

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#22 Post by Michael S. Monie » October 7th, 2020, 8:17 am

ybarselah wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:50 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:19 am
but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.

this made me laugh as it's as arbitrary and capricious as the ones above.

i will say that i will generally not invite lots-of-rules people to dinner at my place, but i can be a prick that way. i'll own it.

this thread will get good, i imagine, with hysterical horror stories.

also, beets are beyond useless.
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#23 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 8:21 am

Ron Slye wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:23 am
In for another "I am like that but X." The only X I can think of is roadside fried spiders in Cambodia. I wanted to try them -- but when the platter piled high with spiders was brought to me, I had to say no. They were much larger than I had though! To put this in perspective, I have eaten worms (in Zimbabwe -- not great but tolerable), and other odd foods. Except for the spiders I would like to think that I will try anything once -- and I would the spiders if they were a bit smaller maybe? Or not from a pop up truck stop on the side of the road.......
I don't think that counts. :) Really meant this to be about things we encounter regularly rather than about odd challenge foods from far flung places.

As it happens, I had fried spiders in Cambodia, but they were not huge, and it was not a huge platter. They tasted like generic crunchy food to me.
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#24 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 8:22 am

Robert Dentice wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:20 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:04 am
ybarselah wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:50 am


this made me laugh as it's as arbitrary and capricious as the ones above.

i will say that i will generally not invite lots-of-rules people to dinner at my place, but i can be a prick that way. i'll own it.

this thread will get good, i imagine, with hysterical horror stories.

also, beets are beyond useless.
I give him sh-t about the squash thing all the time.

I love the "I am that way. I eat everything! With the exception X, Y and Z, of course." :)
Where does he stand on pumpkin?
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#25 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 8:27 am

David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:29 am
My rule is “no pets or family” (dogs, cats, monkeys). Otherwise, I eat everything. There are things I don’t particularly like (cooked green bell peppers and sweet vegetables (like the squash and sweet potatoes mentioned above), which I don’t make at home, but I will eat them outside the house
Maybe try them in Japan?
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#26 Post by David K o l i n » October 7th, 2020, 8:32 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 8:27 am
David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:29 am
My rule is “no pets or family” (dogs, cats, monkeys). Otherwise, I eat everything. There are things I don’t particularly like (cooked green bell peppers and sweet vegetables (like the squash and sweet potatoes mentioned above), which I don’t make at home, but I will eat them outside the house
Maybe try them in Japan?
I have and enjoy them. Just won’t make them at home

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#27 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 8:34 am

David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 8:32 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 8:27 am
David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:29 am
My rule is “no pets or family” (dogs, cats, monkeys). Otherwise, I eat everything. There are things I don’t particularly like (cooked green bell peppers and sweet vegetables (like the squash and sweet potatoes mentioned above), which I don’t make at home, but I will eat them outside the house
Maybe try them in Japan?
I have and enjoy them. Just won’t make them at home
Just a joke, really, coming from my husband's weirdness on the subject. :)
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#28 Post by Brandon R » October 7th, 2020, 8:41 am

TimF wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:36 am
Peas and mayonnaise are usually deal breakers for me. It’s a texture thing. Then it’s the method of preparation. Cooked tuna — even seared seems gross to me, for example. Other than that I’ll pretty much eat anything.
This is hilarious in the context of the thread! Some very ordinary, common foods in there, Tim: mayo, peas, cooked tuna. I'd say your answer should be, "No, I don't eat 'everything.'" neener
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#29 Post by Victor Hong » October 7th, 2020, 8:48 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 8:22 am
Robert Dentice wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 7:20 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
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I give him sh-t about the squash thing all the time.

I love the "I am that way. I eat everything! With the exception X, Y and Z, of course." :)
Where does he stand on pumpkin?
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#30 Post by Brian Tuite » October 7th, 2020, 9:46 am

Lima Beans, the texture makes me gag.
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#31 Post by Siun o'Connell » October 7th, 2020, 10:07 am

Jay Miller wrote:
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Almost. I tried brains once and hated, hated, hated the texture. I don't know if they were prepared badly but I now have a strong aversion.

There are certainly some foods I prefer to avoid (lima beans, salted caramel) but that's the only thing I absolutely refuse to eat regardless of prep.
In the context of this topic, I am relatively fussy though adventurous compared to many but ... the brains comment reminded me - when my daughter went to work for Chef Thai Dang at Embeya, I went with friends to have dinner. It was the first time I had been to a restaurant where she cooked and Chef had her bring out many dishes she prepared that would show off what she had learned. The first was sweetbreads. I was a bit ... uncomfortable ... but actually they were super delicious. Still, chefs in family mean you try stuff no matter how picky you are.

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#32 Post by James Sanders » October 7th, 2020, 10:13 am

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Almost. I tried brains once and hated, hated, hated the texture. I don't know if they were prepared badly but I now have a strong aversion.

There are certainly some foods I prefer to avoid (lima beans, salted caramel) but that's the only thing I absolutely refuse to eat regardless of prep.
I'm with you. I've tried brains several times and several ways and cannot abide the texture. Mad cow makes that an easy no in any case. Beef liver and kidney are probably the only other hard nos for me. Love escamoles and chapulines, though I imagine there may be some insects I would not like.

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#33 Post by R yan C omaz zetto » October 7th, 2020, 10:40 am

Yes I eat everything. I choose not to eat melons (honey dew, cantaloupe) because there are just so many other things that taste so much better. But it's not that I won't eat it if it's served to me by someone else or at a restaurant. In fact, every 2 or 3 years I'll intentionally eat some when a friend or family member exclaims "oh, this cantaloupe is amazing!" I'll have a few bites, and go "Nope. No, it's not at all amazing."

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#34 Post by JDavisRoby » October 7th, 2020, 10:50 am

Brandon R wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 8:41 am
TimF wrote:
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Peas and mayonnaise are usually deal breakers for me. It’s a texture thing. Then it’s the method of preparation. Cooked tuna — even seared seems gross to me, for example. Other than that I’ll pretty much eat anything.
This is hilarious in the context of the thread! Some very ordinary, common foods in there, Tim: mayo, peas, cooked tuna. I'd say your answer should be, "No, I don't eat 'everything.'" neener
This sounds like a bad tuna fish salad sandwich where you looked in the fridge and didn’t find any pickles or relish so you threw in the peas leftover from last night.
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#35 Post by TimF » October 7th, 2020, 11:29 am

JDavisRoby wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 10:50 am
Brandon R wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 8:41 am
TimF wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 6:36 am
Peas and mayonnaise are usually deal breakers for me. It’s a texture thing. Then it’s the method of preparation. Cooked tuna — even seared seems gross to me, for example. Other than that I’ll pretty much eat anything.
This is hilarious in the context of the thread! Some very ordinary, common foods in there, Tim: mayo, peas, cooked tuna. I'd say your answer should be, "No, I don't eat 'everything.'" neener
This sounds like a bad tuna fish salad sandwich where you looked in the fridge and didn’t find any pickles or relish so you threw in the peas leftover from last night.
A tuna fish sandwich with peas would be my “worst case scenario”. Ironic thing is that tuna is one of my favorite foods.
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#36 Post by Linda Baehr » October 7th, 2020, 1:42 pm

My diet is pretty limited anymore due to health concerns, but aside from that there really isn't much I don't like. I've never like licorice or anise much, although I can handle a subtle anise flavor is foods. Just not licorice.
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#37 Post by Victor Hong » October 7th, 2020, 1:54 pm

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My diet is pretty limited anymore due to health concerns, but aside from that there really isn't much I don't like. I've never like licorice or anise much, although I can handle a subtle anise flavor is foods. Just not licorice.
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#38 Post by Joe B » October 7th, 2020, 1:58 pm

I’ll eat everything unless it’s mixed or prepared in a way that it shouldn’t be.

See tuna fish stories above. I like tuna. I like peas. I like cream of mushroom soup. I like potato chips. I won’t eat tuna fish casserole though. [hitsfan.gif]
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#39 Post by Ethan Abraham » October 7th, 2020, 2:33 pm

If the question is interpreted as "if you are going to someone's house for a meal and they ask if there's anything you don't like," then no. There are certainly foods that aren't normally served in the US that I've never tried (insects) and some of those I have no wish to try (brains).

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#40 Post by Greg Kramer » October 7th, 2020, 2:45 pm

Yes but low tolerance for anything ammoniated.
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#41 Post by PeterH » October 7th, 2020, 3:09 pm

I wonder if those who say they like everything eat lutefisk.
There are many foods I just can't bring myself to like, beets, for instance. Like Greg K, I shun ammoniated cheese.
Most canned vegetables I will leave on the plate, or better yet, in the can. Miracle whip is disgusting.
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#42 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 3:18 pm

PeterH wrote:
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I wonder if those who say they like everything eat lutefisk.
There are many foods I just can't bring myself to like, beets, for instance. Like Greg K, I shun ammoniated cheese.
Most canned vegetables I will leave on the plate, or better yet, in the can. Miracle whip is disgusting.
I'll stop there, but that is not the end of my DNPIM list.
Well, the question was about food items encountered in the course of normal life or most travels, not "odd challenge food from far flung places."

As to canned vegetables, I also said good quality. And as to Miracle Whip, I said "real food.":)
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#43 Post by Eric Ifune » October 7th, 2020, 3:40 pm

My husband comes close, but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.
They are sweeter in Japan. When I lived there I loved the Imo (sweet potato) man who had a cart with roasted sweet potatoes. Better than the ice cream man.
I eat anything. Enjoy Durian, insects, offal including brains. Even enjoyed dog, never had cat. My parents said I was enormously picky when young, but those days are past.

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#44 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » October 7th, 2020, 3:44 pm

Eric Ifune wrote:
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My husband comes close, but he doesn’t like orange squash or sweet potatoes, except in Japan. Don’t ask.
They are sweeter in Japan. When I lived there I loved the Imo (sweet potato) man who had a cart with roasted sweet potatoes. Better than the ice cream man.
I eat anything. Enjoy Durian, insects, offal including brains. Even enjoyed dog, never had cat. My parents said I was enormously picky when young, but those days are past.
Funny, he says he likes them only in Japan because they are far LESS sweet there.

Not surprised you haven't had cat - people do not in general eat land animal carnivores.
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#45 Post by todd waldmann » October 7th, 2020, 3:51 pm

By Sarah's criteria, there really isn't much that I won't eat. I'm not a huge fan of brains & oysters do NOTHING for me. And I was an extremely picky eater as a kid.

When my wife and I traveled to Vietnam, we did a street food tour our first night in Saigon. The food was spectacular every place we ate. We were at our last stop (it was probably 11pm) & I was VERY tired & already feeling a bit queasy from sleep deprivation, etc. The last dish we were offered was Balut. Couldn't do it. Even the thought of it was making me gag.
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#46 Post by David K o l i n » October 7th, 2020, 4:16 pm

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Tonight’s Home cured pickled tongue

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#47 Post by alan weinberg » October 7th, 2020, 6:08 pm

NED VALOIS wrote:
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I pass on bugs and organ meats
as do I. And a few other things that I don’t like: squash, asparagus, okra, for example. But I do clear my plate almost every night, so in that sense, I eat everything.

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#48 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » October 7th, 2020, 7:02 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 4:16 pm
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Tonight’s Home cured pickled tongue
J-Nine’s fave, huh? Love me some tongue. Due to ‘incidents’ with enoki mushrooms and buttercream frosting, those are off my list. Not a fan of tripe, and canned vegetables are to be consumed only in dire planetary emergencies. Pretty sure I will try anything else.
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#49 Post by Adam Frisch » October 8th, 2020, 1:15 am

I eat everything. I subscribe to the whole Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall and Fergus Henderson philosophy. Only place I hit resistance is innards and offals. I try, and try, but it doesn't come easy.
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#50 Post by John O' » October 8th, 2020, 2:49 am

Have not had many of the more exotic foods listed above, but of the things I've tried I don't care for beef liver (as in liver and onions) and vegemite.
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