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Are you a picky eater?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 4, 2007

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Photo of Lisa Roberts

“Yes, I am a picky eater. I don’t eat fast food. I don’t like eating out, unless I know what’s in it, and I don’t like flavor enhancers like MSG or too much sodium.”

Photo of Chris Polonchek

“No. I’ll eat anything. I’m picky about if it’s local or organic, but I’ll try just about any animal someone cooks for me.”

Photo of Danyel Bell

“Yes. At least my family says I’m a picky eater. I won’t eat hot dogs, bologna or pastrami. Anything like that repulses me.”

Photo of William McGuinness

“No, I’m not. There are just two things I don’t like: eggplant and okra.”


jonas 11 years, 2 months ago

Yep, nothing but pizza hut and other types of fried cheese for me. Blood is thicker than water, and my blood is thicker than that!

. . . I have no idea what that mean. I wish I could go back to bed.

trinity 11 years, 2 months ago

not picky at all unless ya set seafood in front of me-yuk. oh, that is unless it's a sonic fish sannich or long john silver's, then i'll have some. or tuna yeah tuna is fine. sigh i wish i could dive back under the covers, too; hang in there jonas, lol-it's wednesday, after all!

KSChick1 11 years, 2 months ago

can't wait to see Hannibal Lecter's response!

MeeMa8 11 years, 2 months ago

What's picky? i've never tried it. Does it taste like chicken?

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

I am not picky about good food at all. Not too fond of meat unless it has some kind of sauce or covering on it. But vegetables, I just love veggies. And Das Ubermime, I bet $500 bucks I could cook you some veggies that you would love. The trouble with veg is that most cooks have no imagination when cooking then. There are things that one can do to most veggies that render them desirable. Even brussel sprouts. 'truth.

Flap Doodle 11 years, 2 months ago

I'd like a bacon smoothie with extra MSG, please.

acg 11 years, 2 months ago

I don't care much for raw veggies. You gotta cook the rabbit food and really hide in it stuff for me to want to eat it.

lmpaul 11 years, 2 months ago

I don't like raw meat/fish, Limburger cheese, tofu or hominy. Most other things are okay. People with allergies have to be really careful. I won't eat meatloaf unless I make it. Who knows what is hidden in there?

mick 11 years, 2 months ago

It's a euphemism. In the Army we'd call the best girls "smoothie specialists."

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 2 months ago

sonic fish and long john silvers are not seafood. I'm not even sure they are fish.

A smoothie specialist is basically a counter jockey who knows how to make smooties (since it is likely that said person works in a smoothie store). It isn't any different from most people's work related titles. Like Sustenance Management Facilitators who might ask you if you want something to drink with that.

prioress 11 years, 2 months ago

Picky eating is a 'cultural' and economic thing. This reminds me of one of the most powerful speeches I ever heard. The guy divided the planet into 1's, 2's and 3's, just like when you numbered off in grade school.

1: Gets up each morning and says, "Will we eat today?" The answer is often "no."

2: Gets up and asks, "Is there food? Yes, and it's not as moldy or bug-ridden as yesterday's batch. Thank goodness."

3: (Citizens of America and other developed nations.) Dang, I don't like carrots and the parsley decoration on my plate is wilted.

Count your blessing folks, if you can BE a picky eater.

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

We have fast food outlets here called Orange Julius. They are in the Food Court of every Mall. Do you folks have them? They make many kinds of smoothies, I would think they could be called. My favourite there is the Pina Colada Julius. At home, I make a really good Mango Smoothie with Vanilla yoghurt and a few ice cubes to chill it.

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

Prioress - truly great post. Says it all.

H_Lecter 11 years, 2 months ago

Well, I prefer to call it "selective."

The tongue can certainly be the instrument of pleasure, the conduit of enjoyment, the...

mick 11 years, 2 months ago

Are you talking about fava beans or a "smoothie.?"

badger 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm not a picky eater. I don't like Brussels Sprouts (I'm one of the people that can taste the bitter chemical in them, ms_c, so unless you can remove that particular chemical, you can't render them palatable for me), and sometimes I don't feel like eating certain things, but for the most part I'll eat at least some of whatever's put before me.

When shopping, I try to stick to locally grown, organic, hormone-free foods, non-GMO produce, and bakery bread instead of preservative-laden sandwich bread. However, I also have a deep and abiding appreciation for Little Debbie Snack Cakes, so I undo a little of that careful eating sometimes.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 2 months ago

Not picky. Like Ms_C, when it's done right, I'll eat just about anything. I once had some brussel sprouts and onions oven roasted in white wine and cheese. Delicious! (and I always said I hated brussel sprouts.) Maybe the wine took out the bitterness.

Never cared too much for the brain sandwiches my mom put before me as a child. But we all ate them. Always ate what was put in front of us. Two things I don't care for: brains and goulash. I'll still eat the goulash but not going to risk mad cow for a brain sandwich!

mom_of_three 11 years, 2 months ago

I will admit it - I am a picky eater. Always have been, but had many food allergies as a toddler. I will eat some veggies, seafood, meat (liver - yuk), fruit, but don't like casseroles, rice, spaghetti (weird, I know), lasagna.
I do fix a great salad with cauliflower, red and yellow peppers, red onions, carrots with a homemade vinagrette that is delicious. That's the only way a couple of my kids eat cauliflower (raw).
My pickiness makes holiday dinners very interesting at my in-laws.

Janet Lowther 11 years, 2 months ago

Picky? I definitely used to be. Now it is down to just a few things: Liver, water bugs (some folk call 'em shrimp and crayfish), shell fish, raw onions and dill pickles.

Any raw meat. Not much of a problem around here, unless you get drug to a sushi joint. I'm still not entirely convinced that the whole sushi phenomenon is not a hoax perpetrated on Americans by the Japanese to get revenge for the US winning WWII.

thanksforcoming 11 years, 2 months ago

I love me a roughy. I am a garbage disposal, but I won't eat/drink? smoothies. ROUGHY!!!!!!!!!!

jonas 11 years, 2 months ago

"Posted by Das_Ubermime (anonymous) on April 4, 2007 at 9:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)


I'm sure you could too. Often times it is just in how you prepare it. I didn't much like eggplant until my wife cooked me some of her eggplant parmesian. It was delightful."

Delightful? Are you wearing an ascot right now? Would you care for a match of croquet, chap?

irnmadn88 11 years, 2 months ago

I really wasn't a picky eater, ate was was served...usually ate two helpings...but now, the Cholesterol demons are catching up to me...Now, to avoid taking prescription pills, I am actively "selecting" foods to eat in order to "exorcise" those demons and saying goodbye to pizza, red meat, and french fries...

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

Das ubermime - I can't believe the coincidence, I just yesterday polished off the last of the Eggplant Parmigiano that I made a few days ago. I also recently made a greek Moussaka which is made with eggplant. Pywacket, that brussel sprout dish that sue mentioned sounds like the solution to the bitterness.
Sprouts are not my favourite veg but I do cook them. I cut them in half, steam them just until tender crisp, drain them and pour lots of lemon dill sauce over them. That renders them quite palatable.

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

Jonas - that chappie wearing that ascot on the cricket pitch folloowing a matach would go order a delightfuldish of Aubergine as eggplant is usually called in Europe.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 2 months ago

Somewhat. I'll eat plenty of things, but certain foods just don't work for me. Like mushrooms -- I once tried to eat a stuffed mushroom (which everyone else said was delicious), and I nearly threw up. I just can't handle mushrooms very often. No such fungus for me.

Also, I love pizza.

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

OOOO - my fickle fingers have betrayed me.

acg 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm picky, but my parents weren't spineless. Just the opposite. My mother would make you sit in front of a plate of veggies all night long. Then, the next a.m. when you sat down to breakfast, there they'd be again! I guess it mentally scarred me in some way. I'm 33, I don't have to eat my lima beans, and I'll be darned if someone is gonna make me. :)

Jace 11 years, 2 months ago

You suppose I'll get banned if I say to Lisa that my "smoothie" has no MSG in it?

Now as far as having "too much sodium" goes.......

sunflower_sue 11 years, 2 months ago

acg, didn't that happen in the made for TV "Lizzie Bordon" movie? The whole "what was good for supper is still good for breakfast" thing? Please, though, stay away from axes!

suesay 11 years, 2 months ago


how do you make Moussaka? i had it in bulgaria and loved it. i'm not about to ask my ex-husband (the bulgarian) how to make it, though. did you eat it with yougurt?

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

suesay - moussaka is a rather complicated dish to make but so worth it. I will send you a recipe through the LJW system. but there are lots of good recipes online.

Kontum1972 11 years, 2 months ago

picky? about that smoothie? ask that question to all the chill'n in biafra?

Lilfish338 11 years, 2 months ago

what is a smoothie specialist? I don't remember seeing that as a major here at college! damn, i'm missing out!

clutterbug 11 years, 2 months ago

Hey, Tank Girl, way to get yer face in the paper! And this time you aren't being escorted through a court corridor in dark shades, followed by a throng of reporters and angry upstanding citizens ;-) You're the smoothiest smooth I know!

Picky? Sure. All the "other-people-are-starving" guilt in the world won't suppress my gag reflex when it comes to tomatoes. I'm fine with tomato sauce, soup, and juice... just can't do the slimy chunks, any size, raw or cooked. The smell of stewed tomatoes, a la school cafeteria 1977, turns me green.

ms_c: We used to have Orange Julius. It was tasty, and I miss it.

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

suesay - sorry about the mistake I made in my email to you. I missed the ex-husband bit. Anyway, I hope the rest of you enjoy the moussaka.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 2 months ago

acg, you didn't also use wire hangers too, did you? OH NO!!

I'm picky right now because I'm trying to lose weight. No salt, no processed sugar, no frozen meats, red meat only twice a week, only fresh or frozen vegetables and fruit, no caffeine, no preservatives.

NO FUN!!!! But I am losing some weight.

Confrontation 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm not too picky when it comes to food. I hate the usual sauerkraut and cooked spinach. I'm trying to eat more fish, although I can't stand the taste of catfish. Have you tried the new Midwest Fish Frye at 19th & Haskell? They have the best fried fish in town. Obviously not a healthy meal, but great for the occassional treat.

bevy 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm not picky either, though brussels sprouts are on my list of "no ways" along with coconut (tastes just like soap!). I used to eat liver but the thought of it grosses me out now.

My mom gave me the best advice about feeding kids. Put the food in front of them and have them try it. If they don't like it, don't make a big deal out of it. Let them fill up on the things they do like, or let them make a sandwich for themselves (Mom quote: "I am not a short order cook") to fill them up. It worked quite well for me. I have 3 girls who are willing to try anything, and will eat most things including sushi, which they adore.

Can't say the same for my intended, who pretends not to see the salads and veggies I put on the table each night at dinner. He eats the meat 'n taters, and that's it. I call him Suburban Twinkie Boy. He was raised on takeout for the most part. He also won't eat raw tomatoes, but likes tomato based sauces.

bevy 11 years, 2 months ago

RI - quit thinkin' like Hannibal. My intended=my fiance'


paladin 11 years, 2 months ago

When I was a little kid, I'd eat dang near anathin, cause my folks were poor and I was hungry. Anything I could get. When I was a bit older, went off to college and ate allota stuff that I shouldn'ta. And, I heard em say back then that ya are what ya eat, or ya eat what ya are, some such thing. Well, anaway, I growed up some after that. When I was a sailor, I only ate fish, cause there were lots around in the water, like me. When I was a farmer, I only ate corn, cause I grew corn. When I was a pilot, I only ate birds, cause they were handy and flew, too. When I was a plumber, I only ate.....well. Now I'm an old fart and all I eat is beans. Not picky, though.

bevy 11 years, 2 months ago

RI - you're killin' me!

Favorite line from a movie about food - from Atlantis - the character of "Cookie" voiced by the late great Jim Varney

"Cilantro? (pronounced Sigh-Lan-Tro) What in the hallelujah is Ci-Lan-Tro...I got your four basic food groups - Beans, Bacon, Whiskey N Lard!"

Jace 11 years, 2 months ago

I won't eat anything made by Hormel.


"Pickled Pigs Feet"

"Potted Meat Food Product"---whatever that is! (Anybody know what, exactly, potted meat food product is??)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 2 months ago

bevy, I'm convinced your mother was raised by my grandmother as my mom always said the exact same thing (which I now say): "I'm not a short order cook!" My girlies also love sushi. I do have trouble getting the older one to eat cooked veggies. She will eat them raw, though, so I don't make such a fuss. She just knows that she has to go grab some carrot sticks if she's not eating the veggie I made.

I have a niece who is an incredibly picky eater. She stayed with me for 3 weeks one summer. She knew the rules were that if you didn't eat what I cooked, you had to cook for yourself. By the end of the 3 weeks, she was eating meals with the rest of us. I guess it was just too much work for her to make boxed mac-n-cheese for herself every night. Sadly, she went back to her old ways upon leaving. :(

Bill Chapman 11 years, 2 months ago

My parents were "eat it or not" types my mother prepared meals for my family; if you didn't eat the meal prepared, you had to wait til she had cleared the table and washed the dishes to fix something for yourself. Between that and working for about 10 - 12 restaurants, I'm a very good cook - but don't make any requests for a specific meal cause you wont get it. With a little work I can usually come pretty close to most fast food meals and a lot of the more expensive restaurant meals too. My only problem is every meal I make is a unique creation (with a few exceptions) and I almost never write down the ingredients (or how much I use). After working for so many restaurants, I usually only cook for myself and occasionally some friends. The only complaint I usually hear is that my food is too spicy - I made some baked beans for a potluck dinner my parents church was having once (I think I was about 15 at the time) and they told me only 5 people could eat them but EVERYBODY took some home because they had good flavor - they were just too hot eat very much at one time.

ms_canada 11 years, 2 months ago

I grew some kale in my garden one year and my little dutch neighbour asked me why. I said to make portuguese Caldo Verde. (we had just returned from Portugal) She asked if she could have some, yes, I said. One day her hubby rang my bell with a pot of something. Your kale he said. Well it was delicious. I now make it frequently. Chop kale very fine, boil. Cook potatoes and mash them. Fry a bunch of onions. Drain the kale well. mix all three together. very yummy and so good for you. My great big strapping grandson came for supper today and he loved it.

bevy 11 years, 2 months ago

Sue- unfortunately we couldn't be related, cuz' my mom was an only daughter.

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