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    Food dislikes-as guest, but will politely eat

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    Canadian thxgiving is this weekend. Either we are eating somewhere or we are hosting a meal
    Just wondering, what food or types of food dishes do you dislike but can politely eat if offered as a guest?

    And food or type of food dishes you absolutely will not touch and why? (of course give your medical reasons, if applicable..)

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    1. Dislike/not thrilled alot, but will politely eat as a guest:

    Deep fried food --ie. fish, whatever. Yea, I'll have a doughnut occasionally. No, I'm not that keen on tempura, no matter how lovely. Very few types of deep fried Asian egg rolls excite me. I consider deep-frying fresh seafood, almost blasephemous. If it's fresh, why cover up the taste? Cook it in a way so it's more naked in taste/enhances it's original freshness.

    2. Eithopian bread- injuera. Don't know why but I've never been keen on this.

    3. Very sweet, heavy East Indian sweets (but love their savoury dishes!).

    4. Organ meats-- tripe, heart, brain, stomach.

    5. Probably lots of other stuff worldwide I haven't tried yet.

    6. Overly sweetened sauces, chutneys, etc. for ...savoury dishes.


    Will not touch:
    Sea cucumber. (I enjoy a broad range of gelatinous-mouth feel dishes. After all, soft tofu dishes, etc. falls in this category. But sea cucumber for me, is stretching it. Have had it twice.)

    I have to think about this more. Probably forgetting alot of culinary delights I've eaten so far in this short life.
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    I'll try almost anything once!

    I don't drink beer - don't care for it at all. If really pressed to taste something that is supposedly really good beer, I'll take a sip, but I have yet to find one that I think is drinkable and I'd never be able to gag down a whole glass. I think it has a *nasty* aftertaste.
    Most fish roes, green bell peppers and arugala are on my will politely eat, but really rather not have list. I would likely refuse a whole stuffed pepper, but can handle it if its in another dish.

    Sea cucumber? I've had it prepared really wonderfully at a sushi bar. The way Yoshi does it, I wouldn't really call it gelatinous - its even a bit crisp. Its a real treat when he has it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    I'll try almost anything once!

    I don't drink beer - don't care for it at all. If really pressed to taste something that is supposedly really good beer, I'll take a sip, but I have yet to find one that I think is drinkable and I'd never be able to gag down a whole glass. I think it has a *nasty* aftertaste.
    Most fish roes, green bell peppers and arugala are on my will politely eat, but really rather not have list. I would likely refuse a whole stuffed pepper, but can handle it if its in another dish.

    Sea cucumber? I've had it prepared really wonderfully at a sushi bar. The way Yoshi does it, I wouldn't really call it gelatinous - its even a bit crisp. Its a real treat when he has it.
    I forgot about my disinterest in beer....probably because I haven't drank any beer in past...um 2 decades! Last time I had beer, my reaction was: I don't get it. What's so great about this? My dearie, who is German..doesn't care for beer. He probably drank it..30 years ago.

    I haven't had enough stuffed peppers to dislike...'cause I just don't encounter them when friends serve a home-cooked meal. Nor would I order in restaurant. Sounds hum-drum..well, to me.

    Good, that you have found a place for a better way of preparing sea cucumber.
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    Coffee. Smells great, but tastes nasty. I don't eat red meat anymore either, so that's hard to pick around at times.

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    ah - and I don't care so much for moldy style cheeses.... blue cheese, stilton, some of the really ripe french cheeses don't hold too much interest for me. I do enjoy brie, camenbert etc - if they aren't too alive.... but being such a high fat food I don't eat too much cheese anyway.

    Other smelly things don't bother me so much - I actually like natto, which apparently makes me a highly unusual caucasian.... I've never had fermented tofu though, nor have I ever had durian, though I am terribly curious after hearing the incredible stories about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    ah - and I don't care so much for moldy style cheeses.... blue cheese, stilton, some of the really ripe french cheeses don't hold too much interest for me. I do enjoy brie, camenbert etc - if they aren't too alive.... but being such a high fat food I don't eat too much cheese anyway.

    Other smelly things don't bother me so much - I actually like natto, which apparently makes me a highly unusual caucasian.... I've never had fermented tofu though, nor have I ever had durian, though I am terribly curious after hearing the incredible stories about it.
    I really enjoy the strong, moldy cheeses...as long as they aren't too salty. We have it occasionally as a "treat" since the fat content is high.

    Yes, I like fermented tofu....it's a condiment for those, unfamiliar with it. I did have it as a child. You put a tiny dab on certain cooked meat dishes, etc. Very salty.

    Strangely, but I still haven't had fresh durian yet. We don't have a sharp knife at home..to cut through that tough husk. I'll get there...but have had durian ice cream..and can't remember whatever else.

    My body cannot tolerate true capucinno, espresso, Greek or Turkish coffees. But strangely, I can drink alot of regular strong coffee over several hrs.
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    Good topic. I have always struggled with my food dislikes while visiting anyone because I will not touch or eat under any circumstances:
    • water melon
    • strawberries


    The following items I eat with really a lot of hesitation:
    • chocolate and chocolate cakes ... unless it is a white chocolate - I can definitely eat that one
    • milk based ice cream - that is just nasty stuff but I can swallow it
    • any overly sweet desert (most US desserts) It makes my stomach curl just to think of one
    • raisins
    • champain


    Of course, I am not fan of brains (I do eat them though - just cannot really analyze it too much), and any kinds of insects or weird food. But above dislikes even though very accomodatable in the daily life, makes my 'guest life' quite hard. And talk about trying to explain to a new BF that I really think it is nice that he bought champain and strawberries dipped in chocolate but that I am not really going to touch any of it ...
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    I'll eat just about everything considered to be 'normal' food (meaning no fried beetle larvae etc), except I just choose to not eat tofu or beef. (funny, those two things seem like opposites, don't they?- never realized that til now)
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    Curry, not only will I not eat it, I won't stay in the same room with it. The smell is just over the top bad.
    I don't like onions, bell peppers (actually, I wont' eat them, but I will pick them out of food as politely as possible).
    I have eaten things such as tripe, don't need to do that again.
    One of my biggest disappointments in life is that I turned down fried caterpillars when they were offered to be in Mbare. They are their version of french fries and the woman who offered them was being nice to me. I wish I'd tried one.
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    Hmmm, interesting question.

    Please don't feed me bananas. Or sweet potatoes, especially those fixed with marshmallows melted on top (shudder). I won't make a big deal of it at the table, I'll just "forget" to put them on my plate.

    I will make a big deal of Campbell's tomato soup. IT WILL NOT PASS MY LIPS!!! For that matter, most commercial tomato-based products (spagetti sauce, etc.) are not fit for human consumption IM(insufficiently)HO.

    As a matter of principle I don't eat veal, or endangered species - stuff like that.

    I'm sure there is more, but I can't think of anything else right now. Generally, I just eat what you put in front of me, and it shows.
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    Things I'm not thrilled with but can politely tolerate: tofu (don't really like the texture), a lot of fried foods, cakes with super-sweet frosting, tuna (I really llike most fish, but tuna not so much for some reason)

    Things I won't touch because they make me want to hurl: any stinky cheese (even feta qualifies as far as I'm concerned), salads/sandwiches with mayonnaise

    Not much experience with "weird" things like organ meats etc. so not sure what my reaction would be to those kinds of things. Would probably try a small amount if it doesn't seem too gross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MomOnBike View Post
    Hmmm, interesting question.

    Please don't feed me bananas. Or sweet potatoes, especially those fixed with marshmallows melted on top (shudder).
    One of my nieces (she is only 18 months old) is allergic to bananas.
    Sweet potatoes & melted marshmallows....I see. Sounds like something originally to tempt..children? Combo just sounds like bad fusion.

    I will eat it, but not necessarily be thrilled: Spam. It astounded me that it is popular ...in Hawaii as an ingredient in some dishes. I didn't want to try anything with it when we were vacationing in Hawaii. Yes, I know the history behind it...but to me, a sad abomination for a cultural food cuisine that was more tropical produce based. Even used in some sushi...seriously...I support nouveau fusion cooking, but there are limits.

    Maybe someone can explain pulled pork meat for me it terms of what constitutes good pulled pork. Again I'll eat it without complaint if served...just as I did as a child when mother pulled apart some cheaper pork cuts and "pulled" the meat off. Back then, I ate the meat in a bored way. This is the sort of memory I associate with "pulled pork"= tough poor times.
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    I don't like candied yams/sweet potatoes (although I love them just baked). I hate giblets in gravy or otherwise. I hate melon. Even watermelon. Usually I just quietly don't take the things I don't like. I do like some beers, and I love coffee.

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    Shootingstar, what are traditional Canadian Thanksgiving foods?

    I'm not super picky in general (though left to my own devices I certainly have my preferences). However, as a guest, there's very little that is commonly served in western households that I would refuse. Anchovies, served filleted, are kind of gross to me but I could smile and tuck them away if it were important. Certain insects or worms or rodents might be difficult for me (not commonly served here). Tripe, sweetbreads or haggis would be hard for me, but liver and maybe heart (of animals that are commonly eaten) would probably be OK for me (I actually like foie gras, for instance).

    I'm fine with most sushi.

    Fine with all soy products.

    Not a beer drinker but on occasion I can have a glass and drink it slowly.

    The one think that truly activates my gag reflex, no exaggeration, is wheatgrass juice. Prior to trying it, I thought it was the most amazing, fantastic smell, two, but after having a shot or two, even a whiff gets the bile going.

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    Pork. For me that's not religious, it's just the combination of my general reluctance to eat m**t at all, my especial reluctance to eat factory-farmed m**t, and the high cognitive and emotional sophistication of swine. As I put it in another thread a while back, slaughtering something that's capable of forming a close emotional relationship with an unrelated animal - even an animal of another species including a human - just repels me. Call it hypocritical, but if someone offers me a vegetable lightly flavored with pork that I can serve myself a portion that doesn't contain any actual meat (like bean soup or boiled green beans, e.g.), I usually will still have some.

    Veal and lamb. Pretty irrationally in the case of lamb I suppose, but really a gut response in both cases.

    I'm allergic to a long list of foods, but not the life-threatening kind of allergy, just the kind that makes me congested, fatigued and edematous. So unless it's the peak of pollen season and/or I'm already sick - or maybe if I have a big event in the next couple of days - the only thing I completely refuse because of my allergies is ice cream. The combination of the dairy and the cold temperature just kills me. Passing on dessert isn't a big deal in any case - even if it's the only thing that's served, rather than ice cream with cake or pie as it usually is - so I don't feel I'm being rude.

    Other than that, I'll have a taste of anything, to be polite (including tongue and sea cucumber, which I just can't abide the texture, and konnyaku, which is on the same list). Is sea cucumber served raw as sushi? That might be interesting - although honestly, with the exception of amaebi, I'm not a huge fan of shellfish sushi. (And yes, I relish the tempura shrimp heads! ) I haven't mustered the courage to order natto yet, although I enjoy other fermented East Asian foods like kimchi and Chinese preserved tofu. But if I were a guest and someone served me natto, you bet I'd try a small bite - as much for the adventure as for the etiquette.
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