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Old 04-06-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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What do you do when...

...someone serves you something that you absolutley hate to eat?

I don't mean a dislike, something you viscerally cannot stand.

To me it is bananas and boiled eggs.

I cannot stand even the smell of bananas or of boiled eggs.

But if served them, I will eat them. Maybe I am a wimp. Someone has gone to the effort to cook something for me and I will not in any way insult a host.

How do y'all feel?


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Old 04-06-2008, 12:24 PM   #2
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I would hope that I would do everything I could not to offend by tasting and maybe even smiling while choking it down. That or feign illness. ;)

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Old 04-06-2008, 12:29 PM   #3
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oh gad I hoped you didn't mean bananas "AND" hard boiled eggs cause I couldn't do that either
like liver or something as ghastly to me as that, I'd just pass.
because I gag at the thought of some foods.
like my DS#2 can't do tomatoes.
my DS#1 can't do zucchini.
they'd both honestly gag if it was presented to them.
I'd say I'm sorry but...
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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I would pick at it and eat as much as I could as a courtesy to the host/chef. It's a matter of respect for the effort they made to prepare a dish for you.

If they knew you hated a food and cooked it regardless, different story.
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:33 PM   #5
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I think most of us here would try to do everything possible not to offend the cook because we've all been the cook!
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:40 PM   #6
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:45 PM   #7
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I don't get offended when someone doesn't like something I've served. Our taste buds are so different it just can't be expected that everyone would like the same things.

If I am served something I just can't eat, I don't eat it! I will however, always add a silly comment like "oh brussel sprouts and I just don't get along!"

I would never be rude as a guest in someone's home. But I don't think we should force ourselves to eat something we don't care for.
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:51 PM   #8
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If it is something I just merely dislike then I will eat it regardless of my not liking it. However if it is something that I viscerally cannot stand as you had asked about then I will politely tell my host thank you, but no thanks. Eggs are that thing for me and if I eat them then the chances of me throwing up are pretty high. I would rather pass then try to be polite and eat them only to have them come right back up in front of everyone.

There is not a person on this planet who likes every food. Everyone has a food or foods that they just can not stand. I, as a cook, would never be offended that someone does not like a particular food I made. I would hope people who cook for me would understand that there are just some foods I am not going to like as well. It does not have to say anything about the cook. It is just individual tastes.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:27 PM   #9
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You're so right GB, but while there is no food that every single person on the planet will like, it's even more likely that there are people who are not quite as level headed as you are and WOULD be offended. My grandmother is one of them. My Dad too. That's not to say they wouldn't be the very offender in like circumstances ... double standards seem to be the standard in my family. I think that's why some people try so hard to tailor menus to the guest's tastes.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:30 PM   #10
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I'm a bit like that with liver & kidney. I just would not be able to put them in my mouth, I would eat everything else. I was forced to eat kidney at boarding school and then threw up all over the place. I would have to decline politely.

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