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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

In Other Words, You’re a Finicky Eater

How can one categorically dislike a particular cuisine? I can understand not liking a particular dish, but having an aversion to Thai food, Indian food, or Spanish food altogether seems a bit unreasonable. Usually, there is enough variation within the cooking of a particular nationality that some would argue that there is no such thing as “Italian” food, or “Indian” food. I think this is just an excuse for being an unadventurous diner or for being close-minded.


  • i don't think of myself as a particularly picky eater. when i order food at a restaurant, i almost never make substitutions (the exception usually being if there is something i am allergic to, i will ask for that ingredient not to be added, if it's not an integral part of the dish - or else i'll order something else entirely). i do have food preferences, i definitely have food moods, and the most consistent method i have for rejecting a restaurant is whether it's out of my price range. the second most is that they use peanut oil as their primary oil and the smell of the restaurant makes me nauseous.

    there are certain foods that i have not tried that are extremely unlikely i will try just because my mind revolts against the idea (especially in the meat category: balut, tripe, bugs) which is a luxury afforded me as someone who lives in a place where there are numerous other options.

    that being said, if someone suggests going out for thai food, i will say no. i've tried eating thai for over 10 years. i've tried many restaurants in many parts of the country (granted not actually in thailand), and ordered many different thai dishes. i feel pretty safe in saying that in 10 years, i have yet to order thai food to which i am neither allergic nor that i like.

    even with my experiences of being tired of going to thai restaurants and not being able to order certain dishes or just not liking what i have ordered, i will say one of my favorite cheap, quick, and instant lunches is the microwaveable hot and sour soup bowl from thai kitchen. but soup alone isn't a good enough reason for me to keep spending money on restaurants that i don't care for.

    By Blogger heatherfeather, at 5:20 AM, March 28, 2006  

  • Not eating a certain variety of food is rather silly. Its okay not to like things (sour cream is something I detest, liver is another) but to rule out "Italian" or "Thai" on general principals is rather silly. Silly enough to reek of small town Texas stupidity.

    Oh yes, on the corner of SH 242 and I 45 (east side) there is Pho Resturant and Sushi bar going in. If you are a fan of Vietnamese Noodle Dishes, this may be a treat. I can't wait.

    By Blogger Thomas Vickers, at 2:13 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • Heather makes a strong case for not liking the food of a particular ethnicity, not based on a knee-jerk revulsion.

    Noodle bowls in South County! My sister will be even more thrilled than will I!

    By Blogger Matthew, at 7:27 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • I wonder if one were to carefully craft a survey, if we could pick out some bigger trends on picky eaters? For example, I have noticed over the years that those coworkers who happen to be hard core right wingers will almost never partake in most Asian cuisines (sushi, vietnamese, indian, etc.) during lunch and will only join the rest of us for lunch if it involves something like sandwiches, BBQ, or enchiladas. I am not kidding. Also, I have noticed that when we have lunches, the PhD scientists in my dept. always choose Thai, Sushi, or Indian food for lunch, whereas the mechanical engineers always insist on eating burritos, and the secretaries always opt for chain restaurants like Bennigans, Chilis, or Applebees (yuck!).

    I think there is a trend. It's weird.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 8:43 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • I dislike "chili," "stew," and "skillet dinner." That pretty much sums up my dislikes list. Oh, and rajas, or whatever. I don't think there is any dish with noodles that I don't like. Except for when noodles are added to anything that resembles chili, stew, or skillet dinner.

    By Blogger Katherine, at 3:35 PM, March 29, 2006  

  • Katherine, don't you have some rule about a majority of the ingredients being described in the name?

    By Blogger Matthew, at 6:12 PM, March 29, 2006  

  • I only eat my food in bar form.

    By Blogger hal the brown, at 11:30 AM, March 31, 2006  

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