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Old 06-09-2020, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Underrated: white chocolate. I get it, I can already hear the cries of 'it's not real chocolaaate'..who cares. It's lovely and I prefer it to milk and dark chocolate quite easily.



Overrated: Chow mein. Those greasy noodles gross me out.
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Old 06-09-2020, 06:35 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Over rated--not that I've ever eaten them, but every restaurant seems to have them and I won't go near them:

Calimari (with tentacles). With or without tentacles, it sounds disgusting. It's on almost all the menus! It's SQUID! Yuck! After recovering from that thought, also there's ice cream with almost every dessert. Cake with ice cream, brownie with ice cream, Every dessert comes with ice cream. It's overkill. And I love ice cream.

Under rated--baked sweet potato (nutritious & delicious), beets if they have been grown right so that they are sweet, popovers.
I tried calamari once, about 40 years ago. It was fried, covered in spicy sauce, and I was drinking a lot of beer. The next day I kept having flashbacks of those tentacles. I will never eat that again. It's like escargot and octopus. They were one-timers, too.

I bake three or four sweet potatoes at a time and then reheat when I want one. I eat that as a snack with cinnamon or cardamom.
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Old 06-09-2020, 08:30 PM
 
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Overrated: Hard. raw vegetables or vegetables supposed cooked to "tender crisp"--whatever that means (how can they be tender and crisp at the same time?) I particularly dislike the kind of stir-fried vegetables you get at cheap Chinese places; they seem to have been oiled and passed briefly over a flame, but they're still basically raw. Broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, onions, beans, and even carrots and celery are so much more flavorful when they are cooked. Easier to eat, too.

Underrated: Waffles and pancakes made from home, from scratch, with real butter and maple syrup. So easy, cheap, and infinitely superior to anything that comes frozen or from a mix, or that you would get at most any restaurant.
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Old 06-09-2020, 08:32 PM
 
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Oops. Deleted your name, Jade.
"Overrated: ranch dressing. I don't get it. It is slightly seasoned sour cream. How is this dressing supposed to be good for fries, pizza, etc. It doesn't add the acidity I like from dressings in general. Seems pointless to me."
I was at a restaurant recently and was asked "Do you want ranch for your fries?" I was momentarily confused then asked if I could have ketchup. How is that even a thing?


Underrated: pickled okra. I've converted many an unbeliever.

Overrated: lobster

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Old 06-10-2020, 02:58 AM
 
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I tried calamari once, about 40 years ago. It was fried, covered in spicy sauce, and I was drinking a lot of beer. The next day I kept having flashbacks of those tentacles. I will never eat that again. It's like escargot and octopus. They were one-timers, too.

I bake three or four sweet potatoes at a time and then reheat when I want one. I eat that as a snack with cinnamon or cardamom.
Mass market calamari in the United States is pretty uninteresting. Flavorless frozen, breaded sliced squid in the Fryalator with a dipping sauce to attempt to give it any flavor at all. I’ve had fantastic squid dishes in Southern Europe made from fresh squid. We’re been going to Sanxenxo in Galicia Spain frequently. That is close to Vigo, the largest fishing port in Europe 90 minutes north of Porto Portugal. Sadly, our late September trip this year looks pretty unlikely. Nobody is going to let Americans in without a 14 day quarantine.

I don’t have many “food issues”. Plain boiled okra is too slimey but pickled or fried or part of a gumbo is fine. Jar lima beans are nasty but fresh are great. I love whole fried baby sardines in Portugal. I grew up salt water fishing so a whole fish on my plate. Sea bass/robalo is a favorite. I like liverwurst and pate but I’m not wild about fried calf liver. At Dim Sum places, I pass on “Phoenix claws” and tripe.

We eat a lot of salad Nicoise-inspired salads as lunch food so I’m boiling eggs, little potatoes, and blanching haricots verts all the time if I’m making a hard boiled egg at breakfast. At dinner, we eat Asian sweet potatoes. I slice them in half almost all the way through, microwave, and finish them on the grill. I can’t remember the last time I baked a potato.
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:52 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Mass market calamari in the United States is pretty uninteresting. Flavorless frozen, breaded sliced squid in the Fryalator with a dipping sauce to attempt to give it any flavor at all. I’ve had fantastic squid dishes in Southern Europe made from fresh squid. We’re been going to Sanxenxo in Galicia Spain frequently. That is close to Vigo, the largest fishing port in Europe 90 minutes north of Porto Portugal. Sadly, our late September trip this year looks pretty unlikely. Nobody is going to let Americans in without a 14 day quarantine.

I don’t have many “food issues”. Plain boiled okra is too slimey but pickled or fried or part of a gumbo is fine. Jar lima beans are nasty but fresh are great. I love whole fried baby sardines in Portugal. I grew up salt water fishing so a whole fish on my plate. Sea bass/robalo is a favorite. I like liverwurst and pate but I’m not wild about fried calf liver. At Dim Sum places, I pass on “Phoenix claws” and tripe.

We eat a lot of salad Nicoise-inspired salads as lunch food so I’m boiling eggs, little potatoes, and blanching haricots verts all the time if I’m making a hard boiled egg at breakfast. At dinner, we eat Asian sweet potatoes. I slice them in half almost all the way through, microwave, and finish them on the grill. I can’t remember the last time I baked a potato.
I'm pretty sure what I ate (and remember, it was forty years ago) was not mass market calamari. I was at a little hole in the wall bar in Hudson County, NJ, and the Italian mama was in the back cooking. I tried it there because everyone assured me that they were KNOWN for their calamari and mussels fra diavolo. Didn't matter. Still don't like tentacles. I've never been tempted by the fresh squid at seafood markets, either.

I have friends who LOVE it, though.

I have never heard of Asian sweet potatoes. They are different, I'm assuming, from our sweet potatoes? I eat them all the time. Will have to check that out. Also what I bolded sounds right up my alley! Thanks for the idea! Eggs and potatoes are a go-together for me in a few different ways.
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Old 06-10-2020, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Someone from Islip saying NY pizza is the best. Hardly surprising if it’s what you grew up with as pizza. Do you also claim “it’s the water”? I hear that a lot.

I have easily a half dozen pizza styles I like better. Deep dish is ok. I’m nowhere near an UNO’s but on a business trip, I like a Chicago classic (with Italian sausage) and a Caesar salad at the bar with a pint or two. I’ve had real pizza in Naples where it’s simple fresh ingredients rather than NY overcooked red sauce. You find a lot of that in California. I grew up with ground linguica as my pizza topping in the South Coast of Massachusetts with the big Portuguese-Azores population.

I find NY pizza really boring and I’ve had a lot of it over the years in the various boroughs. I’ll happily eat it but it’s not my favorite.
Do I claim it's the water? Not me personally but many people do.
I would try Pizza in Italy. Brooklyn Pizza is my favorite.
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Old 06-10-2020, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Underrated- Fried squash Blossoms or zucchini flowers as they are sometimes called.
overrated: Quinoa, never cared for it
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Old 06-10-2020, 06:36 AM
 
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Overrated: Chicago style deep dish pizza. And I say this as a Chicago native! It's just SOOO MUCH cheese and bread. It's just too heavy.

Also truffle oil. Makes things sound fancy but taste icky.

Underrated: Agree on cabbage... I love the stuff. I'll add mushrooms to the list, too, especially poor, unappreciated button mushrooms!

Those who don't want the sweet BBQ sauce should check out Eastern NC BBQ!! Vinegar-based and delish!
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Old 06-10-2020, 06:44 AM
 
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Underrated: Most simple home dishes. Somehow or another "chicken fried steak" is bad, but change the name to "jaeger schnitzel in hunter sauce" and it's gourmet. Or how "potatoes and carrots" sudden become "roasted root vegetables."

Overrated: Since caviar has already been taken, I'll say Siracha. It's alright but I just don't get what all the fuss is about.


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Overrated: ranch dressing. I don't get it. It is slightly seasoned sour cream. How is this dressing supposed to be good for fries, pizza, etc. It doesn't add the acidity I like from dressings in general. Seems pointless to me.
I don't get the love for ranch either. Pretty much the most tasteless salad dressing out there.

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Enjoyed your post. My fave hot sauce is Cholula. Tabasco is all heat and no flavor for me.
Agree that Tabasco has no flavor. Our favorite is Louisiana brand. Just the right mix of heat and pepper flavor.

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That is another one. We were just talking about that today when we passed a barbecue place we have been meaning to try. Everyone says it is awesome except for one friend: she says it just isn't sweet enough. That makes me want to try it even more.
I remember one time a coworker was trying to convince everyone how great a certain BBQ place was. Kept raving on and on about the sauce. When asked about the BBQ itself, all she could say was how great the sauce was. So the office went. The sauce was too sweet and the meat itself was bland and flavorless. Basically just using a lot of sweet sauce to cover up poor cooking.
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