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Old 05-04-2005, 02:25 PM   #21
 
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I love spicy food, but I'm wimpy about how much spice I can handle.


My four years in New Hampshire were essentially spice-free, because my meal plan was part of my financial aid package and I couldn't afford to eat off campus. The one time a term I'd splurge on a restaurant, I'd get Indian food for the spice, though!

Before I left for college, I used to snack on jalapenos. I can't do that anymore now.
Hehe, at UNH, we used to dump Frank's Hot Sauce on EVERYTHING, because campus food, is well, not good.
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Old 05-04-2005, 02:26 PM   #22
 
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I'm glad that spicy (hot) food doesn't give me heartburn. But Ithink I'f risk it anyway for the spice. Overall I'm very much a "seasoned food" advocate. When i cook meat I usually season it and let it sit overnight then cook it the next day. Must. have. Flavorful. meat.

I have friends that dont' even use ketchup for crying out loud!
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i love spicy food. but i can't say the hotter the better because there have been 1 or 2 times that my favorite Indian restaurant has prepared a dish that is just too hot to eat.

my favorite is a Thai curry noodle soup. it has grilled chicken on top, the all sorts of vegetables (baby bok choi, carrots, snap peas, broccoli, shi take mushrooms), and noodles, of course, in a spicy coconut milk based broth. its the best.

favorite from my childhood is a pepper salad my mom used to make. hot and sweet cherry peppers with diced celery, marinated mushrooms, garlic, mixed with olive oil and oregano. the longer it sits, the better (and hotter!) it gets. great on saltine crackers accompanied by iced tea.
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:06 PM   #24
 
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I'm a no spicy girl. I've tried. TRIED.. and believe me I so want to be able to eat what you folks can eat. My mouth is just too sensitive and me writhing in pain at a restaurant no one wants to see. ANd yes it would be that bad. The insults and other tortment I have received due to my non spicy eating really brings me down sometimes. I really do want to. My mouth on the other hand has other issues.

And I have tried.. OH how I have tried. Some with out prior knowledge. Like one time one of the chefs put my "bbq" sauce on the side... only instead to fll the little cup with hot sauce. I dip the tines of my fork in it just to check it and to use a well used phrase in spicy cooking "BAM" . i'm wanting to rip my mouth out. My meal btw was comped. And my husband accidently over heard the tongue lashing by our sever to the cook. So when someone tells me "Oh it isnt too spicy" I already know not to even bother trying. Thankfully my husband knows my pain threshold and sometimes will pre-try stuff to warn me from potential danger.

http://reba.bluedream.com/pictures/a...01/hotwing.jpg Proof of my actually trying. My first ever hot wing. That was in 2002. I had never tried one before and never will again. ALthough I havent tested I am what is called a supertaster. There are just some foods that are way to much for me and will cause me great agony or be just to bitter.
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:11 PM   #25
 
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wow Reba, that's got to suck!
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:16 PM   #26
 
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I like hot and spicy, but not so hot that I can't taste anything afterwards. I like the spice but I also like to taste the food.
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:23 PM   #27
 
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I love spicy food. I make ahi (spicy chilli pepper sauce) to go with everything!
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when i was in college i read an article that talked about how the preference for spicy foods was almost exculsively a cultural adaptation. the sensation that spicy foods provides (tingling in the mouth, running of the nose, etc) is a response that is learned to be tolerated and then desired. it is not something one has an innate preference for. its not likely that an adult is randomly going to start liking the sensation that spicy foods provides. one man's pleasure is another man's pain
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:46 PM   #29
 
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My motto when it came to food in my teens and 20s used to be "give me spice or give me death." I used to be very macho about eating the hottest hot peppers, using the hottest of hot sauces, turning my nose up at anything non-spicy, which I considered bland and flavorless... And then at some point my palette adjusted to like a wider range of spiciness and non-spiciness too. For example, for many years I would never eat japanese food because it seemed really bland. Now, I adore japanese food for the subtlety and freshness of flavors, not to mention aesthetics. Same thing for really pure and creatively prepared hippie-vegetarian food; it can be full of natural flavors but none of them hot. Similar for cantonese. (are you sensing a theme; yes, I love food! thank god for vanity and decent genetics or else I would be enormously large )

My favorite spicy cuisines are korean, indian and thai. I'm very liberal with the hot sauce too - I love scotch bonnets and all kinds of hot peppers. The more mild and flavorful Matouks carrib hot sauce is a fave too.

My favorite less-spicy cuisines are japanese, cantonese, mexican, middle eastern, greek and italian. I also really like south east asian food.

Given the survey results, in addition to culture, maybe there is a CURLY-SPICY connection Who knew?!
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:52 PM   #30
 
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My motto when it came to food in my teens and 20s used to be "give me spice or give me death." I used to be very macho about eating the hottest hot peppers, using the hottest of hot sauces, turning my nose up at anything non-spicy, which I considered bland and flavorless... And then at some point my palette adjusted to like a wider range of spiciness and non-spiciness too. For example, for many years I would never eat japanese food because it seemed really bland. Now, I adore japanese food for the subtlety and freshness of flavors, not to mention aesthetics. Same thing for really pure and creatively prepared hippie-vegetarian food; it can be full of natural flavors but none of them hot. Similar for cantonese. (are you sensing a theme; yes, I love food! thank god for vanity and decent genetics or else I would be enormously large )

My favorite spicy cuisines are korean, indian and thai. I'm very liberal with the hot sauce too - I love scotch bonnets and all kinds of hot peppers. The more mild and flavorful Matouks carrib hot sauce is a fave too.

My favorite less-spicy cuisines are japanese, cantonese, mexican, middle eastern, greek and italian. I also really like south east asian food.

Given the survey results, in addition to culture, maybe there is a CURLY-SPICY connection Who knew?!
Hey, Matouk's isn't mild! It's made with scotch bonnets and is the world;s hottest sauce! Or do they make another, milder sauce?
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:56 PM   #31
 
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I voted no.

I love spicy food, but it does not love me. sad20gif Not anymore.

However, I don't like bland food and go out of my way for flavor.
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:29 PM   #32
 
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My favorite less-spicy cuisines are japanese, cantonese, mexican, middle eastern, greek and italian. I also really like south east asian food.

Given the survey results, in addition to culture, maybe there is a CURLY-SPICY connection Who knew?!
Umm...have you ever had authentic Mexican food?


'cuz one thing it isn't is less-spicy like the other foods in your list...
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:32 PM   #33
 
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It is too mild :P (ok, this is why that other quiz told me that I act 26... and you act closer to my age! )

The Matouk's to which I am referring is an orangey, yellow color, with a sort of chunky texture and GREAT FLAVOR. It goes well on roti, pea and rice and callaloo dishes. I used to see it all the time in carrib joints in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I've not seen it here on the west coast much. In my view, it is mild to medium spiciness.. not nearly as hot as certain hot peppers or even some of the condiments you can find at a good thai place (not to mention a proper vindaloo.... yummmm vindaloo )

Are there different formulas of Matouk's

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I've had authentic mexican in Mexico (M. City, Oaxaca, near Tulum) and LA. There are a few spici-er dishes. But it is not a spicy cuisine. Just like you can order mild dishes at indian restaurants, but I consider it a spicy cuisine. Does that make sense?
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:38 PM   #34
 
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LOVE it! The spicier, the better! My daughter really enjoys spicy food, too, but she wants hers warm, not hot. All of my friends hate coming to my house for dinner unless I've planned in advance to have them over. That way, they know I'll cook milder foods. They all think Dia is "special" because she'll be sitting there with watery eyes saying "Mommy, can I have more please!" I love it - she doesn't look anything like me, but she has my taste buds!
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I've had authentic mexican in Mexico (M. City, Oaxaca, near Tulum) and LA. There are a few spici-er dishes. But it is not a spicy cuisine. Just like you can order mild dishes at indian restaurants, but I consider it a spicy cuisine. Does that make sense?
Ok....Mexico City Mexican is definitely more mild than Sonoran (what we have here) or the Mexican PartyHair would be getting (is that Chihuahuan? I'm not up on my Mexican states)

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Old 05-04-2005, 05:44 PM   #36
 
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I love it! I make my kids a separate dinner sometimes just so dh and I can nuke ourselves with the peppers.

I'm growing jalepenos, tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro this summer (other stuff too) - going to buy some white onions and make salsa salsa salsa.
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I love spicy foods! Mexican, Thai, curry, wasabi, you name it, I'll eat it. I have a pretty high threshold for pain; I'm not about to start tossing raw habanero peppers in my mouth, but I love hot, spicy food.

It is an acquired thing, and it's probably easier to acquire early in life. The chemical we taste as "hot" does actually activate pain receptors, and some people are just more sensitive to it than others. I grew up eating lots of Mexican and Cajun food, so I acquired a taste for it fairly young.
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Drool... Wasabi. I am a slave to wasabi.
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I've never had Sonoran mexican food although I've had Mexican food in parts of the US besides LA, including parts of TX.. I guess there is always something new to try!
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I love spicy food!! When I was in England last year, it was horrible because they like thier food sooo bland. Ick. My friends from the UK always want to go somewhere plain for dinner when they are here. No fun.

However, the food I had in India was fabulous!! I don't even know all the stuff I hate, but it was sooo yummy...
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