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Oh! I know my answer to this question!

Ethiopian food. It seems to be all the rage among the hipsters in the city I live in. I’ve tried it twice at two different restaurants but I’m just not feeling it. At all.

Now, to be fair, I probably should give it another shot because it’s been several years, but the memories still haunt me, so I’ve been wary of going back…

AskReddit users opened up about what foods they think people only pretend to like.

1. Local fare.

“Anything that’s classified as a “local delicacy”.

There’s usually a reason it’s remained local.

And yes, I am Scandinavian, how’d you guess?”

2. Nope.

“Some of the Jello salads out there. Green Jello with carrots (and sometimes raisins) is an abomination.

Also, whatever the hell my mom used to make with cottage cheese and orange jello.

My family had this weird notion that if you put healthy stuff in Jello that it was a side dish and not a dessert. Nope, you just ruined two foods by making unnatural combinations with them.

Mom never did come across a Jello recipe that she thought was a bad idea though.”

3. Never heard of it.

“Lutefisk

We eat this on Christmas on my dad’s side of the family and everyone hates how it tastes, but it’s an important part of our family history. His ancestors had to eat it to survive famine, and it’s a way of keeping the memory of their sacrifices alive and showing respect to them.

Having it with a table full of absolutely delightful cooking also serves as a reminder of what we do have, and makes us more aware of what we should be thankful for. We do drown it in mustard and cream sauce though.”

4. Eat up!

“Chitlins.

Seriously, it’s intestines sorta cleaned and cooked.

That’s it.”

5. Not normal.

“Gefilte fish.

I refuse to believe anyone under the age of 80 enjoys this food.

It’s not normal.”

6. Thoughts?

“I have the soap gene for cilantro, so I had my fiancé try a bit (raw) to tell me what it tasted like.

Does it really just taste like grass for people without my curse?”

7. Gross.

“Limburger cheese.

It smells and tastes like sweaty feet.”

8. What?!?!

“Tonic water.

It’s like angry poison water.

Shy would anyone drink that on purpose?”

9. Hmmmm…

“Balut.

I spend quite some time in the Philippines and I never saw one person actively ENJOYING the food but eating it because cheap and easy to get.”

10. Come on, now…

“Grape Nuts.

If I wanted that texture and no flavor I would go outside and chew on gravel.”

11. Not a fan.

“Caviar.

I’d like some salt paste please for $100 a scoop…”

12. Marmite.

“Marmite.

There’s literally a series of adverts made by the company where the whole premise is ‘This sh*t tastes so terrible that even the slightest scraping will make you vomit.’

They’re not even pretending anymore. It’s not a food as much as it is an inter-office dare to see just what nasty bullsh*t they can convince people to eat.”

13. Keep it away from me.

“Anything rose or floral flavored.

I wanted a cake, not a cake that smells like flowers and taste like soap.”

14. I get it…but…

“Everybody gonna say oysters and even though I love oysters I get what they mean. They’re the texture of a thick loogey. They taste like saltwater and algae that’s marinated an old piece of discarded bubble gum.

But I love them! I love them so much! I love them with horseradish, lemon juice and hot sauces. They’re mostly just a vector for those flavors I guess. But I’d never really argue with a person who hates on them.

They’re objectively correct. I’ve just eaten so many things at this point, whacked off my taste buds so much, made them numb with fire and acid, that I’ve evolved to some twisted realm of flavor where culinary cenobites make me genuinely enjoy some clearly disgusting meal.”

15. Doesn’t sound great.

“The food my nephew makes.

It’s too salty and its always made out of Play-Doh.”

Okay, you know the drill…

Now we want to hear from you!

In the comments, tell us what foods you think people only pretend to like. Please and thank you!


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