Ten foods I don’t really like:
1. Avocados. It’s a texture thing.
2. Black licorice. I kind of despise anise, so it logically follows that I don’t like
3. Fennel and
5. Fish of pretty much any sort. I’m very allergic to shellfish, but I dislike pretty much anything but tuna out of a can. I don’t know whether it’s because fish makes me nervous or because I genuinely don’t like it, though.
6. Hot peppers. Really, I’m not a huge fan of peppers in general, though I will eat raw sweet peppers (cooked ones, for reasons I can’t begin to fathom, give me killer heart burn).
7. Bananas. I’ve never been a great fan of the things; I find that their flavor overpowers everything they’re in (or near). Though I will consent to a good, well-balanced banana bread once in a while, I tend to avoid bananas as a general rule.
8. Most cheeses. Cheese (along with tomatoes and eggs) is one of my weird foods; I like it, but I only like it certain ways. I’ll eat pizza and lasagna and grilled cheese sandwiches, but I won’t eat cheese on crackers and I don’t like grated parmesan on my pasta. Cheese has to be melted (and mild – I will never understand my husband’s devotion to asiago – blech), tomatoes have to be cooked (I pick ’em out of my sandwiches and salads), and eggs have to be mixed (no fried eggs, no boiled eggs; custards, scrambles, quiches, and omelets are just fine). Weird, I know.
9. Ginger. I can stand ginger ale, and I don’t mind a little ginger in things like Chinese and Thai food, but that’s about it. The people who can gnaw on a hunk of ginger root astound me.
10. Coffee. I love the smell, but can’t stand the flavor. I don’t like it in a cup, I don’t like it in ice cream, and I think that mocha is a waste of good chocolate.
What’s on your “no, thank you; I don’t like that” list?