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Living Out Loud -

When this one came out, I responded with a comment to the original entry instead of posting it here.  This is almost identical to my original response with a few additions.

Are you a picky eater? Absolutely not. Never was.

Are there certain foods you love or hate?

On the plus side: shrimp, scallops, lobster, lamb (unless it’s dry) and charcoal-broiled steak.
On the minus side: Prune juice (Like the fruit, hate the juice, and there’s a specific reason for that), tomato juice, Cheerwine (tried it for the first time this month, didn't like it at all), liver, Brussels sprouts, calamari, and eggplant. And oysters. About the only shellfish I don’t like (unless you consider squid a shellfish), though I’m not over-fond of clams. I’ll eat ‘em, but I’ll pass on oysters.

Pretty much anything else I at least don’t dislike. There are some foods that I’ll eat if that’s what’s there but wouldn’t order in a restaurant.

How have your tastes changed over your life? I got my first exposure to what might be considered exotic food in Denmark at age 15. I had reindeer at one meal (traditional there on Christmas eve) and eel at another.

Ever since my college years, I’ve been fond of ethnic cuisine. Spanish, French, German, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Afghan, Irish, Scottish, Indonesian, and Indian are the ones I can just rattle off that I’ve had.

But I’m also fond of what you might call “comfort food” or “man food.” Steak, baked, roasted, hash-brown or home-fried potatoes, meat loaf, pot roast, peas, green beans, carrots, that sorta thing.

My fondness for seafood was nurtured by my parents, who were also seafood lovers. And I hold it very much to their credit that they never forced me to eat anything I didn’t like. It was good, of course, that the list of such things was short, but if I tasted something and said I didn’t like it (note that introductory clause), they wouldn’t demand I eat it. There were some things I didn’t like for a while as a child, but I cannot remember what they were.

I'm actually rather fond of raw veggies, too. And believe it or not, I was as a child.  A whole raw carrot was a treat to me (What's up, Doc?).  It was a real revelation to me when I realized that cauliflower, broccoli, and the like are good raw.

Of course, for much of my life I was on the proverbial “see food diet.” Anytime I’d see food, I’d eat it. And until I hit my 40s, my metabolism was such that I could get away with that.

(or are you still limited to the same three foods you would eat when you could fit in Underoos)? Heh, when I was THAT age, Underoos hadn’t been invented!

It occurs to me that I DID try something new, though I don't know if Cheerwine qualifies.  I even wrote a blog entry  about it that got a surprising number of responses.

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Like you, I was never a picky eater, and even now my *tastebuds* aren't picky. What keeps me from eating (or from eating too often) certain foods is my awareness of what those foods would do to my health. Some in the long term, where it's my brain that tries to keep a rein on my tastebuds; some in the short term, where my tummy will let me know rather quickly that something was a Bad Idea.

My tastes have changed over my life in that they have *expanded* ... my parents don't much go for ethnic cuisine, and so I wasn't introduced to them until I left for college. One of the few benefits of living in this area is the number of different ethnic cuisines that are available.

Also, overall I don't go for sweets nearly as much as I used to. I still do, just less frequently and in lower quantity.

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