The Chicks love so many things — books, fans, mystery conferences, wine, cookies — and each other, of course. But it turns out there are some things we absolutely don’t love and can’t abide. (SPOILER: Dinner with us might exclude the fish and soup courses, and a certain herb).
(The winner in the GIVEAWAY for Curses, Boiled Again! by Shari Randall, who was our guest Chick this week, is Sue Farrell. Congratulations, Sue!)
So this is admittedly weird. During both of my pregnancies, I could not be around soup! I couldn’t stand to smell it. I couldn’t stand to eat it. I couldn’t stand to see anyone else eat it. I couldn’t watch a commercial for soup or look at a can of soup. I couldn’t even consider the concept of soup without becoming instantly nauseated. Happily, as soon as the kids were born, it went away, thank goodness. Now I’m just back to avoiding mushrooms because I don’t think I’ll like them. And no, I don’t need to try them to be sure. 🙂
There are two things I have a super strong aversion to. The first is cilantro. I used to say that it tastes like wet gym socks, then the soap analogy came up and I was like, yes, that’s it! What’s the soap analogy, you ask? Well, someone once told me that if you’re allergic to cilantro, you find it tastes like soap. I don’t know if the allergy part is true, but I do know there’s a deep divide about loving or hating the… herb? There’s even a celebrity chef, Ina Garten, who refuses to use cilantro in recipe because, yes, to her it tastes like soap.
My second aversion is more controversial and much more rare. I DESPISE the taste of coffee in any way, shape, or form. There are people who won’t drink coffee but are happy spooning up some coffee ice cream. Blecch!! I hate the taste of coffee so much that if I accidentally bite into anything coffee flavored, I not only spit it out, I have to rinse out my mouth. The only time I’ve ever taken a sip of the stuff is when a psychic made me drink some Turkish coffee – laden with sugar – so she could read the grinds. Her predictions have yet to come true.
Truth be told, I have several phobias, er, I mean…aversions. But the one I sometimes get teased about is: hotel sheets. I always pack my own. It doesn’t matter how many stars the hotel is rated or how high the thread count, hotel sheets creep me out. I think I can trace the origin of this aversion back to a family vacation at a hotel where they had made up the beds while the sheets were still slightly damp. Those clammy sheets made my skin crawl—and I never quite got over it. Plus, I’m a bit of a homebody and don’t always travel well, so the comfort and familiarity of my own sheets just helps me sleep better. My husband doesn’t mind that I pack our sheets, but he does rib me about hiding the fact from housekeeping by stuffing our sheets back in the suitcase before we head out of the room for the day. What can I say? I don’t want the maid to think I’m casting aspersions on her cleaning.
Okay, you guys are never going to believe me. But I CANNOT abide the sight or smell (let alone the taste) of any kind of fish. My shellfish allergy is well-documented (don’t ask), but fish…not one single bite has even made it past my mouth. And yeah, plenty of well-meaning folks have assured me this is only because the fish wasn’t “fresh,” or prepared incorrectly–but this aversion started in grade school when the cafeteria alternated tuna rolls and fish sticks on Fridays. Oh, the horror…I started to gag by 10 AM when they fired up the ovens and the smell permeated the halls. (Don’t even ask about my horrifying summer camp story, when two misguided counselors decided they’d try to trick me into eating it.) Interestingly, none of my three children can tolerate fish, either—although each of them valiantly tried to prove otherwise. My son took a job on a sailboat through the Mediterranean one summer and came home 30 pounds lighter. No no no no no no NO!!!!
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What about you? Any silly or serious aversions? Foods that make you clamp you lips shut, places or situations that make you run the other way? Please share in the comments.