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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

In Maine, our version of a hero or a hoagie or or a grinder is called an 'Italian.' Not only is the name embarrassing, but the sandwich itself generally features a rather spongy, almost hotdog-bun-like roll. And instead of mayo, it is drizzled (sometimes doused) with oil. I didn't realize this was not such a great sandwich until I moved to New York City.

Jul 09, 2014
Dotyparx in General Topics

"I Don't Cook"

I am a single lady living alone, and I do not cook, unless you're one of those who counts nuking a pre-packaged dish as 'cooking.' Do you know what it is I really hate about cooking? The dirty pots and pans. The clutter. The messy countertops. Just too much for me.

Jun 29, 2014
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Do people's food choices/ preferences impact how attractive you find them?

Heh! He's 37 and has been my boyfriend for four years. I intend to keep him. And I even got him to try cheesecake once. (He'd never had that either.)

Sep 26, 2013
Dotyparx in General Topics

Do people's food choices/ preferences impact how attractive you find them?

Absolutely not! I don't consider myself an adventurous eater, but my boyfriend makes me look like a gourmand. I'm constantly amazed by all the foods he has never tried in his life. For instance, he's never tried a banana, an orange, or peas. He has never eaten fish. He has never tried any kind of pie, ever. His favorite foods are frozen burritos, hamburgers, and golobki (Polish stuffed cabbage). The only issue I would have with someone's food preferences and dating is if someone judged ME for what I ate and didn't eat.

Sep 26, 2013
Dotyparx in General Topics

Only 2 nights in NYC after a long time away-- where to drink cheaply?

P.S., Bob-- Schoolbred's actually sounds great. I would have never known about it without your tip. The New York trip was a last-minute replacement for a trip to Scotland that we've since had to put off, so this might be a funny way to commemorate that. Thank you.

Sep 24, 2013
Dotyparx in Manhattan

Only 2 nights in NYC after a long time away-- where to drink cheaply?

I am staying in Woodside, Queens-- not exactly a glamorous locale, but I lived there for a couple of years, am comfortable with navigating the neighborhood, and was able to find inexpensive lodgings near the 7 train line. For old time's sake, I may hit up the pub Sean Ogs that is located in that area. My boyfriend is not a drinker, and I am not exactly a lush either, but I love people-watching in bars during my travels.

Sep 24, 2013
Dotyparx in Manhattan

Only 2 nights in NYC after a long time away-- where to drink cheaply?

I lived in New York City from 1995 to 2004 and am taking my first semi-extended trip back there since I left in 2004. I have exactly two nights to spend there and would love to hit up 3 or 4 bars. Most of my old favorites are long closed. My boyfriend and I are staying at a hotel in the outer boroughs and plan to devote most of our browsing to East Village/West Village, though we may hit some other parts of the city as well. I'm far from a drink snob and would love to find something that isn't too ridiculously spendy or scenester-y (don't want to wait in long lines just to get a drink; don't want to have to get all gussied up in formal wear, but any place that would welcome a low-key woman in a dress and combat boots would be okay. Any suggestions? I was looking through some other threads on this topic, but most seem quite out of date.

Sep 24, 2013
Dotyparx in Manhattan

How Broad Is Your Palate on a Scale of 1 to 100?

I'd give myself a 30, and maybe that would be generous? It's not that I'm unwilling to try new or exotic things, but I tend to be pretty incurious about exotic dishes. I would much rather eat something tried and true that I know I am going to enjoy.

Aug 31, 2013
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We Love a Lobster (and roll) as well as the next person, but are they overrated?

Of course it's a matter of opinion, but as someone who grew up Maine, I have to say I've never understood the appeal of lobster. I call them 'sea roaches.' Lobster chunks stuffed in a flabby hotdog roll with mayo or butter doesn't seem to make the eating experience any better.

Aug 10, 2013
Dotyparx in Greater Boston Area

Foods You Like Primarily Because of the Texture

Texture is a big thing for me, and I like a lot of textures that aren't very popular-- including the aforementioned tapioca pudding. I also love...
...the texture of nuts or raisins in baked goods
...couscous
...rice pilaf with pine nuts or slivered almond in it
...the coconut-pecan icing that goes on German Chocolate cake
...peas, especially when mixed with other things (e.g., peas stirred into mashed potatoes, pasta, rice)
...baked beans
...water chestnuts

Jul 29, 2013
Dotyparx in General Topics

I just learned how to make a grilled cheese sandwich

Er, I'm 39 and, for all intents purposes, I do not cook. In fact, I can probably make a short list of all the things I actually know how to make:

Spaghetti
Eggs (includng omelettes)
French toast
Pork chops (I have an ex who liked them; haven't made them since)
Hamburgers
Tacos
Potatoes, baked or mashed
Plain white rice

Anything else, I would probably need to look closely at a recipe and follow it step by step. Oddly, I have made a wide variety of baked goods. I dislike cooking, but I enjoy baking!

Jul 23, 2013
Dotyparx in Home Cooking

What's new in Portland?

I would second Eventide. There's a two-year-old German restaurant, Schultze and Herr, that is supposed to be quite good. If you care for some beer or wine (I don't know if you drink alchohol), I would recommend stopping into Novare Res off Exchange Street if you have not been. (I live in Portland, by the way.) Enjoy.

Jul 13, 2013
Dotyparx in Northern New England

What's new in Portland?

How new is 'new'? There's a brand new one on Fore Street (opened July 4) called Compass Rose that is already getting a lot of good buzz.

Jul 13, 2013
Dotyparx in Northern New England

Deal-Breakers in Salads

I like many of the things on the 'hated' list here, including some bottled dressings. But as an avowed onion hater, I don't like it when I am given a pre-made salad in a restaurant that has onions all through it because the flavor tends to permeate the whole salad.

Jul 11, 2013
Dotyparx in General Topics

Chowhounds and Eating Disorders

Thank you for the kind words. I'm happy to report that I am in that I really am in the best shape of my life, physically and emotionally, after abusing my body for almost two decades. I think my eating habits might always be 'disordered' in that I have some very odd habits. For example, there are fewer than half a dozen people in my life whom I actually feel comfortable eating in front of. I prefer to eat in solitude, usually at peculiar hours and in very methodical ways (cutting everything into tiny, tiny pieces, or eating non-finger foods with my fingers.) However, having read many Chowhound threads over the last six months or so, I see that I am not the only one with eccentric eating habits, and there's something comforting about that. I suppose the thing that might seem strangest to the average person here is that I seldom cook anything unless it is for someone other than myself. It's as though I don't trust myself in the kitchen, though I do trust prepared foods and occasional takeout. Then again, this could also have something to do with my aversion for dirtying dishes. :)

Jul 11, 2013
Dotyparx in Not About Food
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Chowhounds and Eating Disorders

Disclaimer: This is my first post on this site, and admittedly it's a weird one to start with... but I wanted to speak to the comment that eating disorders are not about food. Perhaps they don't start off being about food, but as a former (severe) anorexic, I can't tell you how many hours I spent reading cookbooks and jotting down recipes of foods I never had any intention of making or eating. Reading about food made me feel full; in fact, when I was at a dangerously low weight, I thought of almost nothing but food, which is not atypical of a starving patient. 20 years later, I still restrict greatly and have what most people would consider a very strange and limited diet. But I love reading about food. Hence my interest in this site.

Jul 10, 2013
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