Lunchtime poll – how adventurous an eater are you?
July 15th, 2010
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In light of today's insect eating story, we feel compelled to ask:

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  1. Wildblue

    Leah! With all the cool stories you've posted before about your adventures in Europe and Asia...you give me San Antonio!?!?! I'm disappointed! But I've also eaten at The Cove...and that is definitely an experience to remember!!! ;)

    July 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      Ha! Well, I'll post about the homemade reindeer stew my Finnish roommate made for our Christmas party when I lived in the Netherlands later... :P

      July 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Anyone that lives in Alaska (or northern Canada, or any Scandanavian country, for that matter) would not consider reindeer to be strange. It's like the deer of the north. Guess maybe that's how it got it's name.

        August 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  2. Leah (TXanimal)

    I'm pretty adventurous, especially when traveling. When I'm on the road, I won't eat at a fast food restaurant or national chain unless I absolutely have to. I read reviews and ask the locals and I have rarely been disappointed. When I think back, many good memories I have of vacations and business trips revolve around excellent meals! My mother and I recently went to San Antonio. Of course, we went to the Alamo, took a boat tour of the Riverwalk, and did all the other touristy things...but we had the most fun seeking out the best breakfast restaurant, the best BBQ and the best fish tacos! Anytime we talk about our trip it's something like: "remember that crazy restaurant that was also a car-wash? That was so much fun!".

    July 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  3. RKG

    I love Asian cooking and I tried Korean for the fist time the other day and it was'nt bad. However, I struggle with authentic Japanese cusine, I just can't seem to stomach it!

    July 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • WP

      what exactly is "authentic japanese cuisine"? they have so many different types of food and it's not all about sushi and sashimi. yakitori, ramen, udon, soba, bento boxes, and etc.

      July 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
      • RKG

        I guess I'll just catagorize the raw foods that I struggle with and some of the yakitori that you don't find a lot of here in the states.

        July 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
    • Juni

      I've been to Japan, and authentic Japanese cuisine involves things like rice, pork, chicken, and noodles...

      July 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  4. Lenny

    If you don't try it, How do you know if you like it or not.
    I have been to other countries and got a good taste of the culture and food
    When you go to a resteraunt you learn quickly what is Authentic or Americanized.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Tiny Urban Kitchen

    I am much more "adventurous" when it comes to fruits & veggies (I love exploring Farmers Markets for interesting new produce), but I am pretty adventurous when it comes to food. The weirdest stuff I've had? brains, duck "fries" (testicles), and pig's blood. I guess being Chinese means I've already eaten lots of weird stuff growing up!

    July 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Donna

    No eggs by themselves. Eggs smell like sulphur.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
    • joe

      Only rotten eggs smell like sulfur, something like a fresh develled egg or breakfast eggs dont smell anything like sulfur. If the eggs smell like sulfur check the expiration date, and definitely dont eat them.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  7. Meaty Portion

    Familiarity breeds contempt; I don't want to get tired of the foods I already like.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  8. BethNoir

    I've believed that your pickiness or lack thereof in chosing foods says a lot about your personality, but then again, I keep hearing about "supertasters" and all that, so maybe there is more physiology to it than I have given credit. I had generally had a feeling that picky eaters were somehow low on the risk-taking scale and, perhaps, small-minded.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  9. kazz

    sushi!

    July 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Is that a sushi yay! or a sushi nay?

      July 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • joe

      Sushi is like the mild sauce of adventurous eating, you need to step it up.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  10. mdanger

    I like to try new foods but in a different way than most people think..Since becoming vegetarian I have found that most of my adventure comes from trying new cooking methods and spices/combinations of spices rather than the weirdest part of a goat you can eat. Most of my friends call this boring but it's really opened me up to food in a completely different way. I find it amazing that you can use a zucchini in an italian, indian or mexican dish and it will taste completely different every time!

    July 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
    • rs33

      That's a really good point.. I didn't really think of it that way before but I guess I'm the exact same way. It's not really interesting to me to taste random parts of an animal (I'm vegetarian too but even if I wasn't..) but definitely a really fun adventure to try cooking with different spices.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Donna

    The list of things I have tried would be very short compared to the things I haven't tried. I've never had an egg for instance (they smell like farts) but I have had haggis!

    July 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Out of curiosity, no eggs in anything at all, or no eggs by themselves?

      July 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
    • Juni

      Either you've smelled some very bad eggs or some very strange farts.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
    • Marty

      Alot of the times, with me, it's a mental thing. For an example, I won't eat things such as romaine hearts or artichoke hearts simply because they are called "...hearts." This grosses me out. However, I will eat grilled artichoke. On a side note, I just realized just how picky of an eater I am.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  12. Madison

    I am the type of person who will try everything at least once. I especially stick to this philosophy when traveling. Recently, I was traveling for a month in Europe and tried some rather unusual foods. Of course there was the usual boeuf tartar and escargot in France, however I also tried fried sheep brains and oxtail when I was in Spain and actually enjoyed them quite a lot. I would truly give anything a try and that is what I love about food, it really has endless possibilities! :)

    July 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  13. liz

    the difference is that its incredibly annoying to have to plan a night out around one picky friend!!! i really hope you don't act like that at someone's house for dinner, then its just plain rude.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
    • Marty

      I am not an adventurous eater either. I enjoy what I enjoy and I steer clear of what I know I won't enjoy. I get tired of people saying things like, "Just try it. You will like it." This really irks me. I know what my tastes are and I am perfectly happy eating what you might call, " boring" or "simple." You eat what you want to eat and I will eat what I want to eat. As far as it being unfair to plan a night out with your friends centered around one particular "picky" eater, this is not usually a problem. I have only been to a couple of restaurants in which I was unable to find something i wouldn't enjoy. In those cases, I still enjoyed the company and just have a few adult beverages while everyone else enjoyed their dinner. This has never bothered me because 90% of the enjoyment of the evening comes from the company and not the food.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
      • Juni

        I'm so glad I don't have to share a meal with you.

        July 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  14. Mago0o

    I'd say that anyone hat has ever eaten at Arby's can consider themselves an adventurous eater.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  15. Karen

    One thing I don't understand is that if you aren't an adventurous eater, what's the difference.? I have a small menu of foods I like and I'm fine with it. I get so tired of friends and family trying to force feed me foods I don't care to eat.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      I'm an insanely adventurous eater, and it makes me nuts when people get all sniffy and ask why I can't just eat anything "normal." (I do, all the time - it's just not as much fun to write about.) So, I think I know where you're coming from.

      People's food tastes are what they are, and are exceptionally personal. Anyone who's awful to you about it has got their own issues going on. It's THEIR problem.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • Juni

      It's because for many people, food is a wonderful thing, a way to experience new tastes, new flavors, and enjoy a wide variety of delicious things. I find it really repellent when people refuse to eat anything but a few select items and won't eat food in restaurants besides burgers, fries, and chicken fingers.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • Sandra S.

      I think the people who are trying to "force feed" you things you don't care to eat probably don't mean to be mean...they want to share with you something that brings joy to them. People do that with lots of things - favorite music, televions shows, movies, books, their religion - and, while it can be annoying (and can definitely be taken too far), at least realizing that their motivations are good might help you to deal with it while you're politely declining.

      But, one suggestion - every now and then, instead of politely declining, why not give the food item a little try? Who knows...you might just find you really were missing something very pleasurable! I think that holds true for lots of other things, as well - there are certain types of music, movies, etc. that I don't normally care for, but, every now and then, I'll give someone's suggestion a try, even if it's out of my normal range of interest. And, occasionally, I find out that they were right and I'm glad that I took the chance!

      July 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  16. PASJR

    I prefer for a good lunch, a bowl of duckweed. Covered in light oil and topped with healthy grasshoppers. It is a protein packed lunch and will carry you through the toughest afternoons.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  17. Sonya Shelton

    My food philosophy used to be that I'd try anything twice. Unfortunately, I developed anaphylactic food allergies to sesame and poppy seed a few years ago, and now I have to be incredibly careful. It does seem a bit unfair; I have friends that have to practically be force-fed anything new or unusual, whereas I still try new foods and restaurants, but I have to be far more careful now.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  18. steven

    please. I work in a restaurant. Generally speaking, people rarely go outside of their boundaries.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  19. oneStarman

    I have eaten insects as bar snacks in SE Asia – not bad – you have to spit the shells like sunflower seeds. Red Meat besides being deadly to consume in American quantities is also – according to last years U.N. study – more deadly than cars and only slightly less deadly than coal to the planets climate. 'Locust Burgers' would be a lot healthier and more able to feed a soon to be starving world than cow burger. I eat soy 'meat' myself for health reasons – but would eat Locusts and honey (yum)

    July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  20. Deacon

    Its a challenge and road to somewhere else!
    I live in Texas, in America and although some would say we have an amazing melting pot of cultures, I look else where when trying to find culture in food. Not because I dont like it, but because I am nearing the end of the food choices here. When a short trip across the water, across a border or around the corner can get me into deep traditions and flavors I never knew existed. "Whats Japan having for breakfast? They eat that cut of meat in Chile? What part of the animal is that? Oh you smack it here before you fry it?" All of those are routinely asked at least once a week in my kitchen at home and many of those leftovers, successes and disasters end up at work for lunch the next day. Eating with coworkers can be a bit of a chore, either its chain stops and full of grease or the same two places all of the time. So we save the adventures for later and at home.
    In the end, new foods to me are old to some other place and if they have been doing it for thousands of years who am I to turn that down and say its crazy. who knows, it could be crazy good.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • Megan

      I live in Texas too and we have pretty much everything except for authentic Italian and maybe the super far out bug eating stuff.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
      • PASJR

        You must be in west Texas, here in East Texas we eat bugs, most people call them Craw fish.

        July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
      • Henry Miller

        I don't know about the rest of Texas, but Austin–I lived there for six years–was a great place for foodies. L'Estro Armonico in Bee Caves Road was fabulous, and the various Chez Fred's were cool; I mourn the passing of both.

        July 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      I feel your pain! We have ONE sushi restaurant in town (and it's actually a Korean restaurant that happens to have a Japanese sushi bar) and the rest are steakhouses and national chains. We don't even have a decent Italian restaurant! I have to drive to Austin or Dallas to get real Italian, Thai or Lebanese. At least you can get some good German food (and beer) in Fredericksburg!

      July 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
      • Greg B

        yeah, texas has excellent food. Is the 32-38% obesity that texas leads in correlated??

        July 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  21. joe

    I've always wanted to try insects, theyre very popular outside of western countries. Theres very few things I wouldnt try, if its not rotten or made with blood then I'll probably try it. Still waiting on getting fish with the head still on so I can eat the eyes, everyone says its the best part.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • Rick

      Watch out for the lenses. They are a bit hard and can hurt your teeth.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
    • JD

      While I'm with you on the blood thing for the most part, if you ever get to try a scottish dish called black pudding, definitely try it. It's got sheep blood in it (hence the black part of it), but other than that it tastes like richer haggis with a bit more oats and stuff- it's great!

      July 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
    • SW

      Go to the seafood market and buy one. Just have them gut it. Keep the head and tail. And the best part of the head is the cheeks. In Asia, the guest of honor gets the head of the fish. When I lived in Singapore and came back from fishing with my buddy, my Phillappina housekeeper said that my buddy must have caught the fish, because all I brought back was the body. He got to keep the head...

      July 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • Stetch

      Even better than the eyes are the cheeks of the fish. It's the best part on just about any fish. I'm with you on the eating anything but blood and rotten food. Dont like lima beans too much but I'll keep trying them until I find a way I like them. Happy dining! :)

      July 20, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  22. Chaz

    While there's nothing like your own personal comfort food, my Navy father really taught me the fun and value of trying different foods from different cultures. My personal world travels always involve asking locals about the out-of-the-way places that are popular in their community. Don't always like the food....but always enjoy the experience.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • Cheryl

      I was a Navy brat, too and had an adventurous mother who would always check out the local cuisine and learn to make us exotic dishes. She would seek out other navy wives from different ethnic backgrounds, so even though I am your average scotch-irish-native american southerner, I grew up eating Jamaican jerk, home made tortillas, phillipino barbecue, hawaiian style spam, and even home made baked beans when we lived in New England. If she couldn't find a neighbor to teach her, she would go to restaurants and learn how to make ethnic foods. So I seek out alternative cuisines myself and always eat local. When we went to France a few years ago, we sought out small family restaurants and had them tell us about the local favorities. I even learned to cook a few of them. I have eaten iguana stew in Belize and some outrageous sausages in France that might turn off a tamer eater, but I never regretted it.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
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