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The most polarizing food: where do you stand?

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  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,398 Member Member Posts: 5,398 Member
    Good beignet or, my favorite, a really good apple cider donut. My green market has people who do good ones, as well as a few local places, but Ann might still think they aren't worth it, as I think most cake is not worth it, but good pie is, and some (weirdly and wrongly) ;-) prefer cake to pie.

    I've never had a worth it (or good) Krispy Kreme, but I've been told it's about freshly-baked hot Krispy Kremes and we don't get that here. So who knows.
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  • snickerscharliesnickerscharlie Member Posts: 8,569 Member Member Posts: 8,569 Member
    Carlos_421 wrote: »
    Wait...are y'all eating cold Krispy Kremes?
    You're supposed to eat em hot or not at all, folks.

    So. Much. This.

    Signed, #reformedredlightaddict
    edited September 2019
  • SuzySunshine99SuzySunshine99 Member Posts: 1,553 Member Member Posts: 1,553 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    This is certainly going to drive up my reaction count in a certain category, but I have yet to find a doughnut that seems worth the calories to me. They look wonderful, so I keep hoping and trying them (now and then! ;) ), but they always disappoint me. I'm not sure why.

    Yes, I've tried all the normal national chains, the local-ish chains, specialty and "gourmet" purveyors in my area and various other places. So far, a pretty big calorie expenditure for meh.

    Don't get me wrong: There are lots of desserts/sweet treats that I put in the oh-so-worthwhile category, including some seriously non-fancy ones. I just haven't found the doughnut yet that goes there.

    I don't think the yeasty-airy doughnuts are worth it. They are okay, but you're right, they look better than they taste in my opinion.

    HOWEVER....cake-y doughnuts, like apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin doughnuts, or cherry doughnuts with a simple glaze or just sprinkled in sugar, are amazing. I mean, I guess they are just cake in a doughnut shape, though.
    edited September 2019
  • kimny72kimny72 Member Posts: 15,214 Member Member Posts: 15,214 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    This is certainly going to drive up my reaction count in a certain category, but I have yet to find a doughnut that seems worth the calories to me. They look wonderful, so I keep hoping and trying them (now and then! ;) ), but they always disappoint me. I'm not sure why.

    Yes, I've tried all the normal national chains, the local-ish chains, specialty and "gourmet" purveyors in my area and various other places. So far, a pretty big calorie expenditure for meh.

    Don't get me wrong: There are lots of desserts/sweet treats that I put in the oh-so-worthwhile category, including some seriously non-fancy ones. I just haven't found the doughnut yet that goes there.

    I don't think the yeasty-airy doughnuts are worth it. They are okay, but you're right, they look better than they taste in my opinion.

    HOWEVER....cake-y doughnuts, like apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin doughnuts, or cherry doughnuts with a simple glaze or just sprinkled in sugar, are amazing. I mean, I guess they are just cake in a doughnut shape, though.

    ITA. A good doughnut has weight, and there should be a slight crispness when you bite through the outside to make it clear that it was fried. It shouldn't scream "greasy" but should leave a light ring on a napkin or paper bag.

    Having said that, a good bag of belly bombers from the fair should drip with oil and leave you feeling like someone slipped something illegal into your drink, but they are really in their own category, a sub-category of doughnuts.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,057 Member Member Posts: 5,057 Member
    Another potentially polarizing dish. Eaten in Nong Khai, NE Thailand on the border with Laos. I ordered a crab salad at a riverside cafe and was served local raw blue crab in a spicy dressing. Was a little nervous about it as the Mekong is pretty polluted. But I didn't get sick and didn't pick up any parasites. It was actually pretty tasty too.

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  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,057 Member Member Posts: 5,057 Member
    In Nha Trang. Vietnamese food is often touted as being healthy and that is mostly true, despite copious amounts of sugar. However, in central Vietnam they are not afraid of lard. This is a serving of roll your own summer rolls. Rice papers in the background on the right. I think that was beef with peanuts in the foreground and veg and herbs on the left with pickled carrot just behind next to the peanut dipping sauce. That plate with the pork contains rolls of deep fried lard.
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  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,504 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,504 Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    Would this be considered polarizing food?

    A bar snack in NE Thailand of sour fermented pork sausage. The polarizing bits are the garnishes meant to be nibbled on between bites of sausage. Those are raw chunks of ginger, raw slices of garlic, very hot slices of raw chilli, raw green onions, as well as roasted peanuts whose flavour was considerably less aggressive.

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    I would totally eat the parts you refer to as polarizing, and happily. I would not eat the sour fermented pork sausage (but only because I'm vegetarian . . . otherwise, I try everything.)

    ETA: I encourage you to keep posting these interesting international treats. So beautiful, thought-provoking, inspiring!
    edited September 2019
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 5,819 Member Member Posts: 5,819 Member
    Carlos_421 wrote: »
    Wait...are y'all eating cold Krispy Kremes?
    You're supposed to eat em hot or not at all, folks.

    Nup, not me.

    the cold chocolate sprinkles or chocolate custard one for me.

  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,057 Member Member Posts: 5,057 Member
    Not exactly polarizing but a nice vacation food memory from Bilbao. In Basqueland, walk into *any* bar and the width and breadth of stunning pintxos (=bar snacks) is astounding.
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  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,057 Member Member Posts: 5,057 Member
    More non polarizing bar food culture in southern Europe. In some towns in Sicily, every time you order a drink at a cafe they will bring an array of free food. This was in Noto.
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  • DiscipleOfChrist29DiscipleOfChrist29 Member Posts: 84 Member Member Posts: 84 Member
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    Is any food more polarising than cheese!!!
  • magnusthenerdmagnusthenerd Member Posts: 1,169 Member Member Posts: 1,169 Member
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    Is any food more polarising than cheese!!!

    Well it is supposed to be the heroin of foods to counter sugar being the cocaine of foods.
  • bmeadows380bmeadows380 Member Posts: 2,391 Member Member Posts: 2,391 Member
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    Is any food more polarising than cheese!!!

    depends on the cheese. I'll go for a good, basic, yellow cheddar mild or occasionally sharp, Monterrey-Jack, mozzarella, havarti, Munster, and even a good, deluxe American. Cottage cheese, too. But I'm not into most others, especially bleu or most goat cheeses.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,057 Member Member Posts: 5,057 Member
    My hubby is into some pretty polarizing cheese. He insists that a properly ripe taleggio should smell of cow piss, for example. I remember once coming home, and judging from the smell in the living room, was convinced we had a dead mouse under a floorboard somewhere. I eventually traced the source of the smell to a wrapped up cheese on the kitchen counter.
  • rmacdonaldpdxrmacdonaldpdx Member, Premium Posts: 8 Member Member, Premium Posts: 8 Member
    Fine if you are under 21, if you are an adult, it's time for grown-up food. I've literally never seen anyone over the age of 20 eat one of those in public.

    I think the adult palate can't really tolerate the intense sweetness of these cookies without a lot of practice first. Mostly, the cookies will make your throat burn and eyes water due to the intense amount of sugar. Kids can eat sugar straight and feel fine.

  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,398 Member Member Posts: 5,398 Member
    Fine if you are under 21, if you are an adult, it's time for grown-up food. I've literally never seen anyone over the age of 20 eat one of those in public.

    I think the adult palate can't really tolerate the intense sweetness of these cookies without a lot of practice first. Mostly, the cookies will make your throat burn and eyes water due to the intense amount of sugar. Kids can eat sugar straight and feel fine.

    Initially I forgot what this thread was about and was confused that this was the response to taleggio.

    I love most cheeses. A favorite place because they have great cheese plates (and a great selection of cheeses which they will let you taste) is https://www.pastoralartisan.com/

    I had forgotten they had a cheese club, and really must look into it.
  • bmeadows380bmeadows380 Member Posts: 2,391 Member Member Posts: 2,391 Member
    Fine if you are under 21, if you are an adult, it's time for grown-up food. I've literally never seen anyone over the age of 20 eat one of those in public.

    I think the adult palate can't really tolerate the intense sweetness of these cookies without a lot of practice first. Mostly, the cookies will make your throat burn and eyes water due to the intense amount of sugar. Kids can eat sugar straight and feel fine.

    I've eaten those in public over the age of 20. And nothing happened. So weird. :|

    As have I, and I'm nearly twice-twenty in age. And I've managed to digest Little Debbie cakes, including the brownies - all of which are rare treats for me, so I certainly have not "built up a tolerance" or "lots of practice" eating them. Strange.

  • very_californianvery_californian Member Posts: 93 Member Member Posts: 93 Member
    Animal products, generally speaking.

    Hello from this vegan in California.
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