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Old 08-18-2007, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Anybody else here depise salads, lettuce and tomato in sandwiches, etc.

I am rather open to new things when it comes to food, but some "old things" just get me. One of them is vegetables not mixed into something else, as odd as that sounds. For example, I simply CANNOT eat most salads - the papaya salad I tried was gustable, but most I find absolutely repulsive. Salads aren't the only things where this is an issue, however - I simply cannot eat the usual combination of lettuce and tomato in most sandwiches either, which of course automatically excludes the majority of decent sandwiches. When I hear "shwarma" or "döner kebab", I think "Ah, sounds like a yummy ethnic food" until I see a picture like Imageöner kebab.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or http://cleanplateclubnyc.com/wp-conte (broken link)... ...I couldn't eat it.

The strange thing is that I absolutely love tomato-based sauces...I'm a "red sauce" Italian guy, and I love what the local curry house uses in the chicken tikka masala or paneer tamatari I sometimes get. And vegetables, when well integrated into the dish, for example, as part of a stew, or curry, etc., aren't usually a problem for me at all. I absolutely love lentils, hummus, or saag paneer (I think lentils count as vegetables). Except for broccoli (which is too big), vegetables in various Asian cuisines normally don't bother me either. It's just when they're meant to stand out on their own, or put into whatever plainly and simply, that I have difficult eating them. This is the case with salads, and also with shawarmas, doner kebabs, etc.

You might be thinking, "Why did he post this?" I didn't put it up just to rant. I'm curious if anybody else out there shares my sentiment, or have shared my sentiment but got over it, and if anybody who knows more than me about the science of flavors and taste in general could explain perhaps what it is on a more general level that repels me from them.
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Old 08-18-2007, 04:56 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I could understand it if you're talking grocery store, 'ripened' in the truck tomatoes but a BLT with garden grown Jersey tomatoes? Yummmmm!
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Old 08-19-2007, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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I like all the lettuce's except iceburg and I don't like tomatoes. As far as tomato based dishes, I like them but not with much sauce.
I don't like mixing hot and cold together; for example, a hot juicy hamburger with cold lettuce and tomato. Also here in Texas they serve bbq meat with cold bbq sauce and a nasty piece of white bread. I like either everything hot or cold but not mixed.
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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My husband doesn't like tomatoes but I've managed to get him to eat this one:

Slice:
Valida Onion (or any type good eating onion, we prefer sweet)
tomato (good size)
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced

Grill the onion first, then the tomato, then layer the onion on top of the tomato, adding the cheese, Keep grilling til the cheese melts. I brush it with a marinade.

You start with grilling the onion since it needs the most grilling time.

He will eat this when he won't eat fresh tomatoes any other way. Liz
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Old 08-20-2007, 10:57 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Anybody else here depise salads, lettuce and tomato in sandwiches, etc.

I am rather open to new things when it comes to food, but some "old things" just get me. One of them is vegetables not mixed into something else, as odd as that sounds. For example, I simply CANNOT eat most salads - the papaya salad I tried was gustable, but most I find absolutely repulsive. Salads aren't the only things where this is an issue, however - I simply cannot eat the usual combination of lettuce and tomato in most sandwiches either, which of course automatically excludes the majority of decent sandwiches. When I hear "shwarma" or "döner kebab", I think "Ah, sounds like a yummy ethnic food" until I see a picture like Imageöner kebab.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or http://cleanplateclubnyc.com/wp-conte... ...I couldn't eat it.

The strange thing is that I absolutely love tomato-based sauces...I'm a "red sauce" Italian guy, and I love what the local curry house uses in the chicken tikka masala or paneer tamatari I sometimes get. And vegetables, when well integrated into the dish, for example, as part of a stew, or curry, etc., aren't usually a problem for me at all. I absolutely love lentils, hummus, or saag paneer (I think lentils count as vegetables). Except for broccoli (which is too big), vegetables in various Asian cuisines normally don't bother me either. It's just when they're meant to stand out on their own, or put into whatever plainly and simply, that I have difficult eating them. This is the case with salads, and also with shawarmas, doner kebabs, etc.

You might be thinking, "Why did he post this?" I didn't put it up just to rant. I'm curious if anybody else out there shares my sentiment, or have shared my sentiment but got over it, and if anybody who knows more than me about the science of flavors and taste in general could explain perhaps what it is on a more general level that repels me from them.
it may be a texture issue? i have some weird texture issues (crunchy peanut butter, mint chocolate chip ice cream, celery in stuffing, jello with suspended fruit) and your dislike may stem from that - sounds like it anyway.

i love all salads and tomatoes - love grilled cheese with a huge hunk of tomato!!!
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:01 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I'm there with you. I order sandwiches & burgers minus the veggies. Just the meat & cheese please. I like pickles a lot but not on my hamburgers. My husband does not care for tomatos, lettuce or onions on his but wants LOTS of pickles. If a sandwich does have lettuce on it for him he only wants a little bit. I'm also not a huge salad eater (why waste calories on that stuff ) but will eat a small amount of a salad from time to time. I also do the tomato based sauces but again only in small amounts - can not stand pizza that has more sauce than anything else, yuck. But I LOVE ketchup w/ certain types of fries. LOL!!!
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Old 08-20-2007, 12:54 PM
 
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I love lettuce and tomatoes
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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I like most greens and grape tomatoes- less bitter. Of course Roma and excellent tomatoes are hard to come by where I live right now (unfortunately). Everyone uses bland salad tomatoes that taste like cardboard.

I don't like most red sauces. Too strong/thick sauces I never really liked. Unless its Northern Italian, more wine, less starch...I never liked Sicilian pizza, my husband is addicted to it...
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:46 PM
 
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I love them but my 19 yr old daughter gags at the thought of eating anything that grows especially a leaf. It is a real problem. No vegetables or fruits whatsoever. Can you imagine? And she is so healthy! Has been since a child. Once in a blue moon she will eat corn. That is it. As a baby and toddler she ate all of these things, and then just stopped. I have watched her try them..she literally gags and can't stop gagging.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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I love them but my 19 yr old daughter gags at the thought of eating anything that grows especially a leaf. It is a real problem. No vegetables or fruits whatsoever. Can you imagine? And she is so healthy! Has been since a child. Once in a blue moon she will eat corn. That is it. As a baby and toddler she ate all of these things, and then just stopped. I have watched her try them..she literally gags and can't stop gagging.
Anything that grows? so what does she eat?????
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