"I wanted to be The Girl Who Is Not Afraid To Order Tripe And In Fact It Makes Her Even Cooler And All The More Sexy Because She Enjoys It. Alas, it was not meant to be." Carol at French Laundry at Home
Hear, hear!* I don't know about you, but this sort of rationale is what made me a foodie. I was a fairly picky eater growing up. I wasn't so bad that I'd eat PB&J for every meal, but if they weren't like the usual meat-potato-veggie triumvirate, or something else I'd eat normally, I'd get testy. If you were at the Mexican restaurant about 25-years ago where a little blonde girl went nuts because her beef was shaved instead of ground, that was me.
But then I got older, moved to the big city, and shed many of my food inhibitions. I hated it when my friends gazed at me in disappointment whenever I wouldn't try anything. I couldn't say no when someone slaved over a hot stove to bring me a meal full of food I didn't like. Soon, eating became an adventure -- discovering new tastes, learning about the foods, making meals fresh and fun.
Still, there's food I recoil at. I finally got over my distaste for mushrooms, but I still can't bring myself to eat calamari. I've always had a ban on foods I couldn't look at in their full or prepared form. This might sound weird, since I find cute animals desperately tasty, but there's just something wrong with slipping something into your mouth when the mere sight of it gives you the willies.
While I keep challenging myself and try to say "never" as little as possible, there are foods on that list. After Anthony Bourdain traveled to Montreal, eyeballs were added with indelible ink, and I think now I can safely add tripe as well. Carol's account of cooked tripe tickled my gag reflexes, but it also made me laugh, a lot, because I get it. It isn't just that quote above, but the desire to like everything. It's great to be able to eat and enjoy whatever is on your plate, but we have to face the facts: We all have at least one food Achilles Heel.
What is/are yours?
*Edited thanks to Kiwi.
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