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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby fuzzygeek » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:49 am

Nikachelle wrote:You can. They just look at you weirdly and bring you the malt vinegar. Then I say no, I want WHITE vingear. Then they look at me weirdly again and tell me they need to go get the cleaning products in the bathroom. Then they produce a small, plastic cup of white vinegar.

(This isn't made up, this ACTUALLY happened and more than once, might I add.)


Man, cleaning stuff is all white vinegar's good for.

/snob

(in the summer I freeze red wine vinegar and shave it over salads)
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Njall » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:02 am

Nikachelle wrote:White vinegar is worth it!


Not in the South. New England, yeah. Often I can't actually GET the vinegar. Or am told "no". Anyway, I have more unpleasant fish to fry.... unfortunately.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby bldavis » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:16 am

im not sure if this qualifies for an aquired taste
but there is a drive thru here in pendleton that has prob the strongest Pepsi mix in the entire region, possibly PNW

it is so strong that my mother, lifelong pepsi drinker, has to stop and shake her head when she takes a sip


to me it is wonderful, to everyone else its OMFG WTF WAS THAT!

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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:06 am

Yeah, in PA salt and vinegar chips were pretty common when I was a kid, as was white vinegar on fries, particularly carnival/fair fries. In WA, I don't know if its just that salt and vinegar chips were tried and weren't popular enough to keep stocking, but they definitely are not as common. They do have some popular local manufacturers like Tim's Chips (http://www.timschips.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=ORPRO) who do make salt and vinegar, along with a whole host of other varieties, and maybe salt and vinegar just got lost in the pack.

I stopped eating preservatives where possible last year, and as a result, my tolerance for sugar and salt has dropped considerably. Restaurant food is often too salty for me now, so maybe my acquired taste is blandness :). One of my favorite breakfast foods is Steel Cut Oats, and pretty much everyone that tries them says they are tasteless with the texture of snot, but hey that's just more for me!
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby mew » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:21 am

Once you get over how they look and feel nasty (like cockroaches), prunes are pretty tasty. Like super moist, tastier, raisins.

I hear chocolate covered bugs are decent, have never heard they were gross from people who have tried them. (you mostly taste the chocolate though, the bug just adds extra crunch)

Edit: Vanifae and I went to a nice steakhouse the other week and their most popular appetizer was "Lamb strips". I imagined they were just strips of fried lamb meat, like steak fingers but with lamb, but for some reason Vanifae thought to ask what they were before we ordered them. Apparently they are "lamb" testicles (I don't think lambs even have developed testicles, must be sheep testicles instead), cut really thin, and fried. I kind of still wanted to get them but we didn't :( Someday I want to go back and try them
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Fivelives » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:38 pm

Any kind of testicles are hit or miss. It's like calamari - they're incredibly easy to fuck up. But if it's the most popular appetizer, the cooks probably do it right.

I'm also pretty sure that lambs do, in fact, have testicles. Well, at least the male ones anyway.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Zobel » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:51 pm

bldavis wrote:im not sure if this qualifies for an aquired taste
but there is a drive thru here in pendleton that has prob the strongest Pepsi mix in the entire region, possibly PNW

it is so strong that my mother, lifelong pepsi drinker, has to stop and shake her head when she takes a sip

to me it is wonderful, to everyone else its OMFG WTF WAS THAT!

That sounds like eating the region's saltiest soup.

OMFG THIS SOUP HAS MORE SALT THAN YOU'VE EVER TASTED IN A SOUP!
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Njall » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:58 pm

Fivelives wrote:Any kind of testicles are hit or miss. It's like calamari - they're incredibly easy to fuck up. But if it's the most popular appetizer, the cooks probably do it right.


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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:10 pm

mew wrote:(I don't think lambs even have developed testicles, must be sheep testicles instead)
Castration, I think, is done pretty early so I wouldn't be surprised if it was from a lamb. I can't say I'm an expert on sheep genitalia, but of course even human boys have testicles. They aren't "developed" but they are there.

If you have a spare 10-20 minutes you should watch the Mike Rowe (the guy from Dirty Jobs) TED talk. It's pretty interesting and amazingly fitting with this slight digression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVdiHu1VCc
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Sabindeus » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:18 pm

Outside of the NYC area I get odd reactions when I order a tongue sandwich. i don't know that tongue counts as an acquired taste per se, but I get the impression that kosher deli is not a thing everywhere. At least if I get corned beef, that has the irish connection too so it's not so weird, but for tongue people always go like :O
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Euphoria » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:21 pm

mew wrote:Once you get over how they look and feel nasty (like cockroaches), prunes are pretty tasty. Like super moist, tastier, raisins.

I hear chocolate covered bugs are decent, have never heard they were gross from people who have tried them. (you mostly taste the chocolate though, the bug just adds extra crunch)

Edit: Vanifae and I went to a nice steakhouse the other week and their most popular appetizer was "Lamb strips". I imagined they were just strips of fried lamb meat, like steak fingers but with lamb, but for some reason Vanifae thought to ask what they were before we ordered them. Apparently they are "lamb" testicles (I don't think lambs even have developed testicles, must be sheep testicles instead), cut really thin, and fried. I kind of still wanted to get them but we didn't :( Someday I want to go back and try them



Considering I'm from the same area as you...And I'm willing to bet I know the steakhouse you're referencing...Try the lamb fries. They're actually pretty good.

I was raised on a farm so we were exposed to eating offal at a fairly young age. Testicles, pork jowl, beef tongue, brains mixed in with our scrambled eggs, pigs feet, etc. The only things I wasn't able to develop a taste for was tripe.

But yeah, if it's the place down in Stockyard City feel free to get the lamb fries. They actually do a good job on them.


Sabindeus wrote:Outside of the NYC area I get odd reactions when I order a tongue sandwich. i don't know that tongue counts as an acquired taste per se, but I get the impression that kosher deli is not a thing everywhere. At least if I get corned beef, that has the irish connection too so it's not so weird, but for tongue people always go like :O


All the little Mexican taquerias here look at me funny when I order lengua tacos. Apparently I'm the only white dude around here that digs tongue. Glad to see I'm not alone.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:42 pm

Euphoria wrote:I was raised on a farm so we were exposed to eating offal at a fairly young age. Testicles, pork jowl, beef tongue, brains mixed in with our scrambled eggs, pigs feet, etc. The only things I wasn't able to develop a taste for was tripe.
Oh goodness tripe.../shudder. I'm a bit of a baby when it comes to things that my mind believes to be gross. I'll literally puke just thinking about them, so half of your list is well beyond my capabilities. About the worst thing I could manage was cracklins, literally cut the skin (hair included) off the hog, chuck it into this deep frying press contraption that pressed them into a gigantic chip, break off a piece and enjoy. Honestly, I probably couldn't eat them today but as a child, ignorance was bliss.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Euphoria » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:38 pm

We'd always scald the hog first and scrape off the hair. Loves me some fresh cracklins though. Put a little salt on them and eat them while they're still hot. There are a few little mexican places in town here that sell them fresh and I always get a bag when I go to one for lunch.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby mew » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:07 pm

Euphoria wrote:
mew wrote:Once you get over how they look and feel nasty (like cockroaches), prunes are pretty tasty. Like super moist, tastier, raisins.

I hear chocolate covered bugs are decent, have never heard they were gross from people who have tried them. (you mostly taste the chocolate though, the bug just adds extra crunch)

Edit: Vanifae and I went to a nice steakhouse the other week and their most popular appetizer was "Lamb strips". I imagined they were just strips of fried lamb meat, like steak fingers but with lamb, but for some reason Vanifae thought to ask what they were before we ordered them. Apparently they are "lamb" testicles (I don't think lambs even have developed testicles, must be sheep testicles instead), cut really thin, and fried. I kind of still wanted to get them but we didn't :( Someday I want to go back and try them



Considering I'm from the same area as you...And I'm willing to bet I know the steakhouse you're referencing...Try the lamb fries. They're actually pretty good.

I was raised on a farm so we were exposed to eating offal at a fairly young age. Testicles, pork jowl, beef tongue, brains mixed in with our scrambled eggs, pigs feet, etc. The only things I wasn't able to develop a taste for was tripe.

But yeah, if it's the place down in Stockyard City feel free to get the lamb fries. They actually do a good job on them.


Sabindeus wrote:Outside of the NYC area I get odd reactions when I order a tongue sandwich. i don't know that tongue counts as an acquired taste per se, but I get the impression that kosher deli is not a thing everywhere. At least if I get corned beef, that has the irish connection too so it's not so weird, but for tongue people always go like :O


All the little Mexican taquerias here look at me funny when I order lengua tacos. Apparently I'm the only white dude around here that digs tongue. Glad to see I'm not alone.

Haha, you're right, they were actually called Lamb Fries, my bad (I knew it was something like that). I'll definitely try to find a time to go back and try them someday. I think our bill was around $80+ for two of us but it was so worth it. They had really awesome meringue on their pies, I ended up ordering an extra piece to go.

How does tongue taste? I imagine it's just chewy. I went to a Korean barbecue place in Japan where we had all sorts of weird parts, the main two odd ones I remember were cow tongue and cow uterus. I couldn't really tell the difference between those and the other meats except that they were super chewy.
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Re: Acquired Tastes

Postby Sanctity » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:56 pm

I've always had tongue of beef with Christmas meals (along with Turkey, Gammon and some gorgeous hazelnut stuffing; I love my mother's cooking). I've had haggis, frogs legs, snails and chocolate coated insects too.

I operate a policy of "I'll try it unless there is a good reason not to". In food and in life :).
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