Food Stuff

First, I'd like to say that previous posts about my organic, free range beliefs may make me seem like a weird picky eater, and I'm really not. There are only a couple of things I won't eat, and though I'm super particular about the food in my house, I suspend all of that when I eat out, because I don't expect restaurant staff and chefs to bend to my whims.

I don't eat pigs in any form (see 'About Me', over on the left, and Petunia). They're just too cute. Luckily for me, there are lots of people who refrain from pig eating for religious reasons, so it's generally easy to avoid that, as restaurants do make it clear if there's pork in something, and if they don't, I don't feel at all bad about sending it back...

Unlike something a little less obvious, like sesame oil. It just tastes icky and rancid to me. This is an issue because I really love all asian food, and they like to use that stuff.

Bleu Cheese. You can spell it as fancy as you want, this is moldy cheese, and it's disgusting. I don't want it with my chicken wings, or on my burger. I don't want it anywhere near my food. This also goes for swiss cheese. It smells like feet. I don't eat feet. All other cheese is yummy and makes everything taste better. No matter the food, smother it with cheese and it's at least 200% more delicious.

Raw onions. I really like onions, I cook with them all the time. They get all sweet and squishy and they make other stuff taste good. If they're raw, they're disgusting. Do NOT put raw onions in my perfectly delicious salad. They infect all of the good salad ingredients with their bitter ickiness.

Chain restaurants. Like big chain stores of other kinds, these places are without soul. The food tastes like salty plastic. Italian, Tex-Mex, doesn't matter. There is a reason cooking is referred to as culinary art. Not just anyone is qualified to make food. Those people who aren't, generally work in the chain places. That doesn't mean there aren't talented chefs who somehow find themselves there, because I realize there are areas of the country where there aren't a lot of fine dining options, but even if the chef is good, they are bound by pre-packaged food and strict recipes that appeal to the lowest common denominator. If you love Olive Garden, TGI Fridays, Chili's, or similar places, I have to assume you've never eaten the real versions of that type of fare, because if you have, and you choose those places, your palette is totally injured. Fix it by eating real food.

Don't even ask about fast food. It's just gross. Have you seen Super Size Me? Enough said.*

Beer. Never acquired a taste for it, it's disgusting. I was the girl at the kegger in high school/college who brought the booze.

That pretty much covers it, I think. Do you have any food issues?

*This is not meant to start a debate about the validity of this movie. Yes, I realize that most people don't eat fast food three times a day, every day. The point is that you should be able to eat any type of real food three times a day every day, without getting sick. Also, did you watch the DVD bonus material, where the food doesn't break down? French fries looked exactly the same a month later. Regardless of how infrequently you eat that, it's going to be in your digestive tract for much longer than food should be.


placebo said...

Mmm, bacon.

Huge Junk said...

I have no idea why people love bleu cheese so much. It's disgusting.

I have to disagree on onions. You could leave them out of every dish they've ever been in and you would still like it all.

It's funny, cause people who don't understand how someone could not like something like onions, are often the ones who say, "they don't have a taste." Plus they're usually the ones who say that onions make things taste better.

It's ok that you think they're important though. You're entitled to your wrong opinion. ;)

Abigail said...

My picky tastes are so often changing I can't even numerate them.

So, yes, I have food issues.

elizabeth said...

placebo: you're just evil

hj: oh, they definitely have a taste, i hate when people say that about anything. the taste is just icky raw and yummy cooked.

abigail: i actually think i've gotten less picky through the years, so i guess changing could be a good thing?

Jeff said...

OK. Without getting too in-depth into health issues, I am forced to maintain these three things....

Vegetables are the Devil's Legos

Cheese - in any form, even a bowl of cheese - is a delight and should be chased after as if it were a quest in King Arthur's era

Beer IS an acquired taste and you have not lived until you've twisted a fresh lemon across the top of a Hefe Weizen in Frankfurt Germany (see your remedial baby twisting lessons on how to properly twist a lemon)