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05:38 pm: China Short Post BB -- Inedible

I am very adventurous when it comes to food. I will try nearly anything once. A few things, like chicken feet, I'd rather not try more than once. 

My worst encounter with inedible food happened years ago at a Zen Monastary in Upstate New York. We ate all together in a line. You brought your bowl and chop sticks. The food came down. You ate. Water for washing and rinsing came down. You put your bowls away.

I like Japanese food. I ate everything. When what looked like jam came along, I took a nice glob of it.

It was...liche, I think. Very bitter.

But I was game. Mind over Matter, right? I mean, come on! I was praying at a Zen Monastary! I could not be defeated by mere matter!

I was defeated. 

I could not get myself to finish the stuff. I just could not do it.

But I had no idea how to clean the bowl using their system. There was no place for old food you didn't finish. 


To this day, I am not sure how I did it.

Well...yesterday, I was given two substances I just did not want to eat. The first was a treat in silver wrapper. Nyooil or something...cow oil...was the brand. It was beef gelatin. I probably could have eaten it, but only finished half. Gah.

The second one was much weirder. It was a chocolate covered waffer bar. Sounds promising, right? I like those. I opened it with relish, bit into it and...

Something was not right.

I took another bit. Unpleasantly not right. I tried again. 

Then, I discretely snuck the wrapper out of the trash and put it in the wrapper and hid it in my coat pocket (It is probably still there.)

All I can say is: Imagine someone made a waffer cookie...layers of wafer and cream covered with chocolate...only instead of cream, they put in crisco. 

It was kind of like that.

Gives me so much sympathy for my daughter and her food woes in America.



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From:juliet_winters
Date:January 23rd, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
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My English brother-in-law grew up partially during food shortages where anything having to do with fat was a luxury. They basically take something that is unadulterated fat and spread it on bread. Likewise, Steve's grandmother who had lived through WW II and nearly starved in Prague considered the fat to be the very best part of any meal.

I guess we live in coddled times, but I've never been into the pure fat idea. Only lichee I have had is as a dessert a Chinese restaurant, and that was sweet and rather nice. Like a peeled plum that had been infused with rose water.
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From:princejvstin
Date:January 23rd, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Shoe on the other foot?
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From:arhyalon
Date:January 24th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
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Exactly!

I've always know this was what was going on...but it is nice to experience it. It makes me more patient.
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From:kokorognosis
Date:January 24th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
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I was at the local Japanese grocery store once, and found a box of Pocky whose flavor I could not identify beyond "Macadamia nut and...." Whatever the kanji was, it wasn't one I knew, but the package appeared to have mint leaves on it, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Turns out, it was macadamia nut and green tea. I don't really care for green tea as tea and I can't stand it in snacks. Ugh. Algae.
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From:arhyalon
Date:January 24th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
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That happened to me this week!

Not only that, my daughter saw what I had bought and bought me another box of it yesterday!

Luckily, the Meltikiss green tea flavor was a bit better than the first one, and the other kids helped me eat it.
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