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Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but ended up tasting rather good?

Such as perhaps cow tongue, roe, or smelly cheese?


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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 08:00:10 am »
The head of a sheep I'd just helped sacrifice. Cheeks, lips, eyeballs, ears, tongue, everything.

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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2020, 01:45:54 pm »
I've been inside several hundred different restaurants doing food delivery over the years and have perused their menus killing time. The vast majority of these restaurants are run by non native English speaking folks. The way most dishes are described often paint an entirely different mental picture than the food actually served.  Its also hard to imagine certain ingredients and spices going well together.  Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. I wished more of these restaurants would offer a day where you could sample their entire menu to learn which of their menu choices that don't sound appealing on paper actually are quite tasty after all.  I am not as adventurous as I like as I am not willing to spend 10 to 20 dollars for an menu item to find I don't like it.


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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2020, 02:25:21 pm »
My daughter bought a bag of buffalo worms and banded crickets.. both were surprisingly tasty actually..
The bag of grasshoppers she bought though tasted horrid!...
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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2020, 02:28:57 pm »
Squid jerky is pretty great. It looks exactly like you imagine.

Canned whale meat in gravy looked too much like cat food for me to enjoy it. It didn't exactly taste awful, but I couldn't bring myself to like it.

A lot of people don't care for natto, which is a slimy, fermented soybean product that kind of resembles a sinus infection. I find it delicious.
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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2020, 02:40:21 pm »
Black pudding (blood sausage) always sounded repulsive to me. It's delicious.  :)

Haggis always sounded repulsive to me. It's delicious.  :)

Hákarl always sounded repulsive to me. I'm not going to say it was delicious, but we toughed it out.  :laugh:

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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2020, 02:50:25 pm »
Black pudding (blood sausage) always sounded repulsive to me. It's delicious.  :)

Yes! Similarly, blutwurst. Also blood soup.

Out of pity for the cute little things, most of my family wouldn't touch rabbit when my great-grandmother cooked it. I knew it was dumb to refuse anything she cooked, so she and I always chowed down.
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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2020, 03:09:30 pm »
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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2020, 11:42:42 pm »
We always had a big vegetable garden in our back yard that included a variety of different squashes, potatoes and pumpkins. My mom served up mashed potatoes and squashes without butter or seasonings which made them exceedingly bland tasting. My dad had funny nicknames for food, for example he called whipped cream: mashed potatoes. Being young I took him at his word. The first time I was served pumpkin pie with whipped cream I turned my nose at it as I was wary about eating another bland tasting vegetable with mashed potatoes on top. 

It wasn't until my mid twenties that I had my first taste. My girlfriend and I ordered separate deserts one day and she insisted on trying a taste of my pie and insisted I try a bite out of hers. Oh well, I thought...Its just one bite. I popped a bite full into my mouth and was overwhelmed by how wonderful it tasted and came to the immediate conclusion that my I had been fooled by the mash potatoes nick name all those years. Pumpkin spice includes flavors that on paper shouldn't work together, but surprisingly they do. 


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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2020, 12:52:50 am »
One of my favorite selections at a sushi restaurant is Uni (Sea urchin). A lot of folks don't like it, but I love it!  Although I have to admit the first time I got really fresh Uni served in the shell it was very trippy!

Also most sushi places serve Amaebi (sweet shrimp) with the head deep fried.  I couldn't bring myself to eat that for the longest time, but when I did it was yummy!

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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2020, 01:51:21 am »
I'm a major foodie, so usually the weirder it sounds the more I want to try it.

One of the only things I can think of is Menudo, which has tripe as it's main ingredient. I saw a can of the soup in the store, & was a little leery, but I got it anyway. Cooked it, & it smelled a little weird, but once I tried it, I was in love. Now it's my favorite Mexican food.
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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2020, 12:59:07 am »
The head of a sheep I'd just helped sacrifice. Cheeks, lips, eyeballs, ears, tongue, everything.

Never underestimate a Mediterranean grandmother cooking with love. They can make anything delicious.

My mom was making soup broth from a lambs head one day when my dads stepson was visiting us. It was merrily bubbling on the stove, its modesty protected by a stainless steel lid. Along comes the stepson, asks what's for dinner,  and lifts the lid. The lamb, shocked that its attempt at modesty has been thwarted,  is looking straight at him, tongue hanging out in embarrassment. He screamed and slammed the lid down. My mom found out from his mom, years later, that he went from being the worst pot checker to never checking to see what was in the pot. I wonder what changed him?  ::)

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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2020, 01:21:27 am »
The lamb, shocked that its attempt at modesty has been thwarted,  is looking straight at him, tongue hanging out in embarrassment.

Hahaha! Word. I was ushered into the kitchen and there the sheep's head was, all grisly with its tongue hanging out, staring blindly from the center of a giant pile of couscous ringed with stewed vegetables.

That's when you have one of those rare growth opportunities in your life. Do you follow your instincts, refuse to eat this hideous thing, wound Grandma's feelings, and insult your host's house? Or do you kiss Grandma's cheeks and hands, sit down, eat, and maybe discover it tastes glorious?

I fortunately chose the latter, it tasted glorious, and I was cured of pretty much all food taboos ever since.

Humans can eat most anything. My buddy Floriano had this perspective on having been tricked into eating cat cacciatore: "You know, it wasn't half bad!"
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Re: Have you eaten something that sounded bad to eat at first but tasted good?
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2020, 04:11:12 am »
I will try anything once, not put off as my mum made brawn from a pigs head when I was young . She did get the butcher to remove the eyes. Stuffed heart was another favourite , my ex would not touch offal and when she was anaemic she had to force herself to eat some liver. Tried pigs trotters (mums old next door neighbour worked as a slaughter man) but nothing special just fatty .   
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