Originally Posted by GrillingFool
Fish isn't bad at all. :)
But I still won't eat eggplant. ;)
I'm 42, and I said the same thing for years. A few years ago a friend made thin sliced eggplant sauteed in a little olive oil and garlic, and one bite was all it took to hook me.
Heck, I never realized how great brussels sprouts were until I was almost 40!
Don't rule it out. You might one day find that a food prepared a certain way will change the way you think of that food. I didn't understand until I was an adult that a lot of my distaste for certain foods came from growing up with a mother who was wonderful in all other respects but couldn't cook a lick! It's probably blasphemy to say your mom was a lousy cook, but all six of the kids agreed on that, and most of us have over-compensated by learning to cook well as adults.
Give that eggplant another chance some day. It's one of those wonderful foods - like mussels, or fiddlehead ferns, or pheasant - that might some day just grab you when you're ready for it, but not before!
[By the way, Kevin, I also live in Alaska. If you ever want to try some great halibut, go to Momma O's and get a halibut sandwich - grilled, or battered and fried - and give it a shot, or try the blackened halibut pizza at the Moose's Tooth. Either way, you might find out how delicious it can be.]