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Foods You Used To Hate But Now Like/love

Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:45 pm

I was a picky eater as a kid and was never big on trying new things. Until the age of 6 or 7 the only thing I would order in a restaurant was grill cheese sandwiches, Then from 7 till my early teens it was a cheeseburger. It was a challenge for my parents to convince me to eat Chinese food as a kid (and we are talking about the deep fried slathered in sugary sauce stuff here). I suppose it didn't really help that my mom can't really cook.


Sweet potatoes -- I love then now, usually prefer them baked, though every now and then we make them mashed. Hated them as a kid, probably because in my house they came from a can.

Asparagus -- Not sure if my parents even foisted them on me, but steamed or roasted they taste great and go with pretty much anything. Only downside is that it makes your pee stink.

Beans -- Baked, black, pinto, refried, garbanzo, you name it and I wouldn't eat it as a kid. Now it is a staple that is almost always in our pantry.


There are a few items I am still cagey on, namely fish. But probably due to the fact that availability of good fresh fish in the desert is tricky and I don't know how to prepare it.
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Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:57 pm

Dark Chocolate - Used to hate it with a passion but now milk chocolate is too sweet while dark chocolate has a much better flavor profile to me.

Whole Wheat Bread - Hated it as a kid but a staple to me now.

Artichoke - Eat the little bastards weekely lol
 
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Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:25 pm

Most sorts of vegetable.

Cheese.

Piccata milanese.

Spätzle.

Tomato sauce.

Pears.

Bananas.

Pizza. 
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Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:37 pm

Liver...wouldnt eat it when I was younger. About 6 months ago I mistook it for steak at a Brazilian rodizio. Took a bite...realized it wasnt that bad. Kept on eating it.

That is just about the only thing I can think of
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Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:40 pm

I refused to eat chicken when I was a kid, now it's my favorite meat   
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Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:44 pm

Sushi. Always liked my fish cooked. But then at long last my g.f. told me I HAD to like it or else. I am completely pussy-whipped. But actually I don't mind.   
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Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:14 pm

As a child I detested mushrooms and cheese. Now I'll quite happily eat mushrooms, but I adore cheese, all different varieties excepting the sharpest blue-veined cheese.

I don't smoke, I drink moderately, I regularly go to the gym: I hope I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle. However, cheese will eventually be my downfall. I'll probably die of clogged arteries.
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:01 am

Asparagus

Fish (First had delicious Red Snapper during a visit to New Zealand in 1999. I mainly enjoy saltwater varieties)
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:46 am

Fish.

I absolutely hated fish growing up but at age 23, I took a risk and ate sushi and loved it. Then I worked my way in to eating cooked fish.
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:29 am

Quoting desertjets (Thread starter):

I was a picky eater as a kid and was never big on trying new things. Until the age of 6 or 7 the only thing I would order in a restaurant was grill cheese sandwiches, Then from 7 till my early teens it was a cheeseburger. It was a challenge for my parents to convince me to eat Chinese food as a kid (and we are talking about the deep fried slathered in sugary sauce stuff here). I suppose it didn't really help that my mom can't really cook.



Interesting! I've always hated grilled cheese sandwiches. They are still hurl inducing even as I head toward senior adulthood. Interestingly from when I could swallow till I was 8 or 9 I always ate hamburgers with french fries and coke. I am one of the extreme minority of folks who don't like cheese on my burgers with the exception of when I have a "pizza burger." I hated green veggies as a kid. It wasn't until I went to college that I started developing a taste for broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. I also now like green beans. The reason why I loathed green veggies as a kid was because my mom only served up the puke worthy canned versions. Remember this was the 1960's and canned veggies were overladen with salt and were soggy and limp. And matters were not helped with my mom shouting at 707 decibels to you better eat all those f*****g vegetables! If you watch John Waters movies Pink Flamingos and Female trouble starring "Divine" you got an idea about big momma's MO in child rearing. However, she loved us immensely and would do anything for me and my sister. Sadly the old gal is in a nursing home with advanced Alzheimer's.


Another food I hated was Feta (Goat Cheese) now, no Greek Salad is complete without some sprinkled on the greens. Also add olives to my hate it as a kid but love them now. I'll come up with more foods when I think of them.
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:41 am

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 6):
cheese will eventually be my downfall. I'll probably die of clogged arteries

I feelya. When I lived in San Francisco it took all I had to NOT buy those cheese&grape snack plates at Bristol Farms in Westfield Centre - grapes, walnuts, sure...but a pile of cubes of orange cheddar and a pile of cubes of smoked Gouda....aaaaargh. Now I don't live in San Francisco anymore. I live in Minneapolis, home to Davanni's and their irresistible deep dish pizza...   

In the child-you-better-eat-your-veggies vein, I remember always being on fairly good terms with green beans and broccoli; but cauliflower was an absolute no-go and Brussels sprouts were an absoluter noer-go. However - again with the San Francisco - at pasta pomodoro (which now also has locations in Southern California and Arizona; but I ate there when it was just one tiny cramped little shoppy on Chestnut Street in Cow Hollow; yes I am prophetic and special) you can get a delicious little side dish of Brussels sprouts which are sautéed and served (and flavored) with diced lemon rind.   

I have also made peace with Cauliflower.

Still no peace for peas. Puh-lease.
  
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:57 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
I live in Minneapolis, home to Davanni's and their irresistible deep dish pizza...



If you ever fly into MDW it's worth a quick detour to Giordano's pizza. Their meatball/meat sauce pizza is to die for.

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
Still no peace for peas. Puh-lease.



Chinese snow peas in a pod yes, regular peas    and pea soup reminds me of the Exorcist!

Pizza, Chinese Food and sweets will be the death of me too.
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:13 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
In the child-you-better-eat-your-veggies vein, I remember always being on fairly good terms with green beans and broccoli; but cauliflower was an absolute no-go and Brussels sprouts were an absoluter noer-go.

As a child, I had no problem with vegetables. I loved my veggies and raw carrots were and still are my favorites.

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
Now I don't live in San Francisco anymore.

Me neither but it was when I moved to San Francisco when I started to eat fish.
I went overboard with fish to the point I was eating everything that smelled like a fish...

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
I ate there when it was just one tiny cramped little shoppy on Chestnut Street in Cow Hollow;

Privileged yuppie scum!     

just kidding.  
There is a greasy-spoon that's open late located there that is a hold out from the old days of San Francisco.

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
I live in Minneapolis, home to Davanni's and their irresistible deep dish pizza...

I am so jealous!
I miss deep-dish pizza!   
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Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:25 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
I live in Minneapolis, home to Davanni's and their irresistible deep dish pizza...  

Argh...so irresistable. Some of my football team would go out to Davanni's and chow down on several of those. Some of the better pizza in the Twin Cities. The other place I recommend is in St. Paul. It has a pretentious Italian name, but it escapes me. Very very good pizza.
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Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:29 am

Menudo: It´s the cow´s stomach cooked as a soup with red chiles, hominy, sliced radish and cabbage. I hated the thing growing up but know it´s my breakfast for special holidays and I love it.

Pork´s feet. Hated them. Now I love them in vinegar with tortilla chips and dollops of sour cream.

And that´s it. Food in general has been my passion since I remember. I was never a picky kid except for a shellfish allergy that disappeared in my teens.
 
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Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:33 am

Absolutely hated macaroni salad as a kid, now I can barely stay away from the stuff. Conversely, I used to love potato salad as a kid but now I hate it. Weird.

Sushi. I tried it for the first time in high school and wanted nothing to do with it. Fast forward just a few years and now I have it at every opportunity.

I've always loved cheese but as child I just had no taste for Brie and Swiss. Now they are the two I eat the most!

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
Still no peace for peas. Puh-lease.

You and me both. Because of my dad's health issues he eats peas just about everyday and I find it nauseating. Snow peas I can deal with if prepared properly, while pea soup I'm totally fine with. But peas in their original form disgust me.
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Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:56 am

When I was in middle school, I would go with my friend and his family to Vietnamese restaurants where they introduced me to Pho. Back then I just didn't get it. I could barely stomach an entire bowl but I would try my hardest in the interest of being polite.

I didn't eat Pho for 10+ years after those first few experiences. Then about two years ago I was walking through a local strip mall and discovered a Vietnamese restaurant. I got one good whiff and immediately I was craving Pho! WTF?! So I went there with my girlfriend and I have been hooked ever since. I eat it at least once a week now.
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Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:11 am

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 16):
When I was in middle school, I would go with my friend and his family to Vietnamese restaurants where they introduced me to Pho.

Pho Tai, man !  
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Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:36 pm

I never liked baked beans until I went to university, and at 9p per can (and counting as one of your 5 a day fruit and veg portions) I had to try them. Not bad at all, on toast or baekd potato, especially with cheese on.

I also never liked cheesecake, until recently when someone brought one into work and I thought "what the heck, I'll give it another try". Very tasty it was too! Still sounds weird to have cheese in a cake though!

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Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:04 pm

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 9):
The reason why I loathed green veggies as a kid was because my mom only served up the puke worthy canned versions. Remember this was the 1960's and canned veggies were overladen with salt and were soggy and limp. And matters were not helped with my mom shouting at 707 decibels to you better eat all those f*****g vegetables!

My parents didn't really do the canned veggie thing in my house, by then it was largely all frozen stuff. But usually still overcooked, mushy and largely tasteless. Come to think of it I have a lot of frozen veg in the freezer too, but it seems like it hardly gets used since we usually have something fresh that can be quickly cooked up to go with dinner. Plain steamed broccoli is a regular, while not the most exciting thing in the world I really like. Frankly having access to quality fresh produce year round, at reasonable prices, makes such a huge difference. And knowing how to cook helps too.

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
Still no peace for peas. Puh-lease.

If I could get fresh peas I would love that. But unless you grow them yourself or have a really good farmer's market nearby I don't know where to find them. Trader Joe's has really good frozen peas, cook them right and they are a great addition to dinner.

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 6):
As a child I detested mushrooms

Oh yes add mushrooms to the list. I think it had a lot to do with my mom using Campbell's cream of mushroom soup to cook everything in. And those little black lumps of mushiness did a lot to make me detest those fungi. I remember eating at a Japanese restaurant and the chef cooked shitayke mushrooms in butter.... boy were those good. And it doesn't even need to be fancy mushrooms, plain white button mushrooms sliced up on a salad is really tasty.
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:48 am

Quoting desertjets (Reply 19):
As a child I detested mushrooms

Oh yes add mushrooms to the list. I think it had a lot to do with my mom using Campbell's cream of mushroom soup to cook everything in. And those little black lumps of mushiness did a lot to make me detest those fungi. I remember eating at a

Cream of anything has, is and will always be hurl inducing to me.
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:12 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
I have also made peace with Cauliflower.

  

And I have also "made peace" with broccoli.
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Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:02 am

Baked beans as a kid would make me want to run to the batrhroom, now I love them . Hated Cauliflower now I have it at least 3 times a week. On the other hand I used to love cream biscuits, now I only eat plain

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Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:50 am

Quoting FingerLakerAv8r (Reply 1):
Dark Chocolate - Used to hate it with a passion but now milk chocolate is too sweet while dark chocolate has a much better flavor profile to me.

Likewise. As a kid, I thought dark chocolate was too bitter, and I didn't see the point in having a chocolate that wasn't sickly sweet. Chocolate is meant to be a dessert.

But later on as an adult, I became addicted to Lindt 70%, and now I'm regularly buying Valrhona 70% Guanaja chocolates. They are absolutely fantastic - not too sweet, and a very pleasant chocolate flavour. Milk chocolate and white chocolate is just too sweet for my tastes now.
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Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:39 pm

Cheese... I ate it on Pizza, or with Spaghetti Bolognese, but I didn't eat it on bread. Today I just can't get enough cheese.

Tea, I really hated tea, any kind of it, and I was not willing to give it a try. Today I'm still not a tea-lover, but there are certain sorts of tea, that I really do like.
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Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:47 am

Quoting mal787 (Reply 22):
Baked beans as a kid would make me want to run to the bathroom, now I love them .



But baked beans still have that kick that sends one to the toilet lickety split.    I don't like them. They remind me of baby mice.

As a kid, I never was a fan of spinach. I now enjoy Popye's "Spanish Fly." However no thanks to creamed spinach.
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Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:25 pm

I used to hate Chinese broccoli until my mom pointed out that if it's grown properly, the vegetable should not have a bitter taste.
 
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Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:36 pm

Onions...hated them as a kid but once I reached a certain age I couldn't get enough of them - raw, cooked doesn't matter!

I still have no use for celery or radishes.
 
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Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:25 am

Mushrooms are probably my biggest hate/like. I used to not touch anything with visible mushrooms. Then I tried those black chinese ones they give you in vegetable stir-fries. They taste so good and their texture is very meaty. With the exception of the standard white mushrooms, I'll eat most kinds (Shittake being my favorite).
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Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:37 am

Probably several things on the "like" category but on the "love" category I would add seafood. I always ate fish (would lose my Portuguese passport otherwise) and clams, but shrimp / crab / etc. was not my thing. Gave it a pass many times growing up until I was in my early 20s and started loving it. I still look back sometimes at all the opportunities I had to eat it and decided to go with something else instead, makes me want to kick myself.

Quoting mal787 (Reply 22):
Baked beans as a kid would make me want to run to the batrhroom,

Dang it, Zippyjet beat me to it.
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Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:51 pm

As a kid I hated mustard but loved mayonnaise.

Now I love mustard and hate mayonnaise.

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Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:21 pm

Lettuce. I never saw the point of it as a kid. I wouldn't eat it because I thought it was just tasteless filler that got in the way of actual food. Now I eat it fairly regularly, but still think of it mostly as filler.
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Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:50 pm

I've made peace with gherkins recently, in a big way. so much that I've gone through two bigs jars in the space of 2 weeks. I still have no time for celery and don't think I ever will, unless its covered in salad cream so you can't taste the celery  
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Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:12 pm

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 31):
Lettuce. I never saw the point of it as a kid. I wouldn't eat it because I thought it was just tasteless filler that got in the way of actual food. Now I eat it fairly regularly, but still think of it mostly as filler.

If it is iceberg lettuce then I complete agree, not to mention its general lack of nutritional value. If you step up to romaine, green or red leaf lettuce it actually has flavor and nutritional value. Greens are generally underrated by most people, but if we only managed to learn a little bit about them a
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Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:42 am

I was a cheese non-eater as well when I was younger. Now some of those fine cheeses are just lovely!
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