"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-18-2013, 10:35 PM   #41
Executive Chef
 
bakechef's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 4,082
Quote:
Originally Posted by taxlady View Post
Well put, I agree. I have been waiting to reply to this topic, because I wanted to write a meaningful reply. I'm a bit of a food snob. I often honestly find the "food snob" choice to taste better and seem healthier to me. But, I have no objection to buying/eating the "low brow" version if it tastes good and isn't full of weird chemicals.

I had to start reading labels back in the '70s, when I noticed that I have an unpleasant reaction to MSG. It meant that I couldn't buy most canned soups and lots of other pre-made foods, so I learned to cook them myself. I have no objection to pre-made foods, if they are made of healthy ingredients and taste good, e.g., Habitant Pea Soup. One of two canned soups I could find back then, that didn't have MSG. The other one was Howard Johnson's clam chowder.

There's another reason some people might be picky eaters. People have varying levels of tasting ability. BBC - Science & Nature - Human Body and Mind - Test your tastebuds

I'm a super taster, so I really dislike most bitter. I love chocolate, but not dark chocolate. It's too bitter. I've been told again and again that it's an acquired taste. I haven't acquired it and doubt that I ever will. I can taste the sodium bisulfate (or maybe it's the sodium benzoate) in ReaLemon. It's bitter and makes it unpleasant. So, am I being a food snob when I say I prefer stuff made with actual lemon juice or organic bottled lemon juice? I try not to be obnoxious about it, but if you ask me what I think of that homemade hummus with the ReaLemon, I'll tell you.
I've always liked to cook, but after meeting Rob, and him reacting badly to MSG lead me to making more of our stuff from scratch. Over the last 9 years it's become easier to find stuff without MSG especially broth.

I have a feeling that I may be a super taster, dark chocolate is too bitter and it overwhelms my tastebuds. Same with coffee that's too strong. I can enjoy espresso when it's in a latte or something similar, the milk mellows it for me and I can taste the different notes, but straight up espresso just tastes like a bitter mess.

I also think that is why there are many processed foods that taste bad to me, like cool whip, while not nasty I can definitely taste things in it that are unpleasant and "artificial" while others think that it tastes great and like whipped cream.
__________________

__________________
I'm Bloggin'

http://bakingbetter.com
bakechef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 10:54 PM   #42
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,873
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Bakechef, I don't drink straight up espresso either, for the same reason. I drink it "allongé". I can taste the subtle flavours when it is diluted with hot water. Yes, I add cream. BTW, Starbucks roasts their coffee beans dark enough that they just taste burnt to me. Even their "espresso allongé" is far too bitter.
__________________

__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 10:57 PM   #43
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,092
I've never liked Starbucks coffee either, while I like a strong coffee if and when I drink it, Starbucks tastes burnt and bitter to me too.
__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 11:03 PM   #44
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,277
And I love a good espresso, dark chocolate. What I can't handle is the taste of artificial sweeteners, the naturals stevia and agave taste metallic, and cruciferous veggies are abhorrent both taste and smell.

Oh, I can't stand Starbucks, their coffee is burnt.
__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 11:21 PM   #45
Executive Chef
 
Somebunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Blaine, Washington
Posts: 2,649
Hmmmm. I love dark chocolate and Starbucks coffee. I must be just a regular taster ;). I also like blue cheese, sharp cheddar etc. I don't notice "bitter" too much.
__________________
If you don't like the food, have more wine!
Somebunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 08:16 AM   #46
Executive Chef
 
bakechef's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 4,082
Quote:
Originally Posted by taxlady View Post
Bakechef, I don't drink straight up espresso either, for the same reason. I drink it "allongé". I can taste the subtle flavours when it is diluted with hot water. Yes, I add cream. BTW, Starbucks roasts their coffee beans dark enough that they just taste burnt to me. Even their "espresso allongé" is far too bitter.
I definitely know what people are saying when they day Starbucks tastes burnt. I compare that to a local coffee house and it is night and day, I swear that I hear angels sing when I drink a latte there!
__________________
I'm Bloggin'

http://bakingbetter.com
bakechef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 08:47 AM   #47
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,839
I think the key about whether one is a "food snob" is one's attitude toward others who don't share your preferences. A food snob, like any other snob, makes others feel bad if they don't make the same choices.

I used to buy the Parmesan cheese in the green can because I didn't understand how it was different from imported Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, not having grown up with it. Then I started reading Cooks Illustrated and joined this forum and learned. I tried it and liked it much better, so I don't buy the other kind anymore. But my mother thinks it's too much trouble to get the cheese and a grater out, so she complains When she's here, I just get it out and grate it for her.

And I'm a super taster, too. Must have sugar and creamer in my coffee and prefer espresso in a mocha caffè.
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 09:08 AM   #48
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
I've gone back to "green can" cheese, only it's a clear jar and made by 4C. I think it serves me well in certain applications even though I have a chunk of Parm reg in the fridge. It is what it is. Which according to the label is cheese
Grated 100% Natural Parmesan Cheese [Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes (Rennet)]. Contains: Milk.

But I've never had Starbucks coffee... Now does that make me a snob or picky?
It sounds like I'm not missing much.
__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 09:22 AM   #49
Executive Chef
 
bakechef's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 4,082
Quote:
Originally Posted by GotGarlic View Post
I think the key about whether one is a "food snob" is one's attitude toward others who don't share your preferences. A food snob, like any other snob, makes others feel bad if they don't make the same choices.

I used to buy the Parmesan cheese in the green can because I didn't understand how it was different from imported Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, not having grown up with it. Then I started reading Cooks Illustrated and joined this forum and learned. I tried it and liked it much better, so I don't buy the other kind anymore. But my mother thinks it's too much trouble to get the cheese and a grater out, so she complains When she's here, I just get it out and grate it for her.

And I'm a super taster, too. Must have sugar and creamer in my coffee and prefer espresso in a mocha caffè.
Yeah I agree with you. If you chastise others because you think that their choices are inferior to yours that makes you a snob.

I have no problem going to Starbucks if my friends want to go, I can always get a mocha which helps mask the harshness, and I'll enjoy it. I'd rather be that guy that makes the best out of a situation and enjoys time with friends than the one pushing his own opinions or agenda on others!
__________________
I'm Bloggin'

http://bakingbetter.com
bakechef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2013, 09:25 AM   #50
Executive Chef
 
bakechef's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 4,082
I do like the fact that Starbucks is everywhere, it helps me get my coffee fix when traveling!
__________________

__________________
I'm Bloggin'

http://bakingbetter.com
bakechef is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
food

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.