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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

No Beer No Starbucks

I had an epiphany if you will over the weekend: I dislike beer because it tastes like vegetables to me. 

I grew up in a household where we had to eat what we were given and that was just that.

Somehow or other however I developed into a picky eater. What people enjoy eating is actually hardwired in our brains. That is a new concept I am coming to believe in. 

It started when I met parents who have children on the Aspergers spectrum. Those children resist eating certain foods based on texture. Then I met online a man who has no sense of taste or smell. 

He too said it was about texture and mouth feel what he was able to tolerate.  I was shocked and amazed.  Before this I would have believed it was all about flavor and smell. 

The idea that taste is so individual and hardwired into a persons DNA if you will helps explain why two children raised in the same home and fed the same things will so often enjoy different foods from each other.

These things being newly settled in my consciousness I read with interest new articles that come out about taste and what people like.

I started eating more healthy years ago. Normally that would include a bevy of new vegetables but I dislike the taste of many of them.

I have never tasted asparagus, brussel sprouts, or artichoke.

I have never bought or cooked cabbage or greens as an adult.

I dislike squash, okra, broccoli, onion, avocado, zucchini, eggplant, most beans & legumes, radish and parsnip. I can cook with onion but I pick them out and off of everything they are served with except I do like onion rings, with ketchup.

That leaves carrots, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, corn, cauliflower and tomato for me to dine on in the vegetable category.
I like pickles and will tolerate cucumber from time to time. I like the flavor of bell peppers. I will order combination pizza and pick off all the toppings to just eat the cheese, sauce and bread with the flavor of the meat and vegetables but not eating any of them.

I grew up eating pinto beans, greens, broccoli, black eye peas, beets and other things.

I dislike eggs and cheese as in Mac and Cheese, nacho cheese and cheese on a ham sandwich.

I share all this because I also hate Starbucks. It tastes burnt. A site and a test popped up saying some of us humans are SuperTasters. Prone to not liking coffee, broccoli  and other bitter things.

It might help explain why I can detect this nuance to Starbucks roasts when the world or at least the bulk of this nation seems to not notice it at all. 
Another thing I dislike ingesting is alcohol. I have never liked to drink, especially not beer. Over the weekend I had a sip of Pabst because it was free at the derby event I was volunteering at.

BLECK is all I can say about that it reminded me of the taste of vegetables, bitter and green tasting.


  1. I totally agree with you about Starbucks. It all tastes burned to me and gives me a headache. I do love coffee and I like it strong and black. But I get good coffee and I really taste it. I think part of the reason all the people who drink Starbucks miss that is because of all the sugar and chemical laden extras they include with a little bit of coffee. As far as beer goes, good beer is also good. I wouldn't drink Pabst if you paid me. ;-) Have you tried roasted veggies? They are delicious! Interesting post. I enjoyed reading it!

    1. I add a ton of sugar and cream to my coffee but I usually drink drip brew. When that was horrible at Starbucks I did not try to stick around and figure out what else they might have to offer.

      I have eaten vegetables in various ways. Some are better than others but for the most part I just dislike them. I have to really work to eat them or find a way they are enjoyable.

      Someone suggested I try light beers. I still think the whole thing is nuts. The beer was flowing the night I took that sip. Lots of people were drinking it. Of course lots of people probably were not but it just made me giggle.

  2. I don't drink Starbucks coffee because I really don't think it's good. However, there are a million other things I WILL drink there, including their frozen and iced drinks, and their iced green tea!

    I found you on the Blog Trends Blog Hop. :-)

    1. I figure if they get drip coffee wrong they don't deserve my few dollars. lol Thanks for hopping by!

  3. You drank Blue Ribbon? No wonder you dislike beer. lol I'm the complete opposite of you. I like almost everything I see; however I like to eat and I like beer as well. I have to be in the mood for beer; as for hard liquor, I have to really be in the mood for that as well. When I was younger, I use to love Bacardi 151 but not for the taste, more for the quick buzz it usually would bring. At 21 and 22, it was the quickest and fastest way to catch up to everyone at the party. for Starbucks, I've heard that their coffee taste burnt, I would rather go to a local coffee house or a bodega to get some fresh tasting coffee.

    1. LOL L.A. Green, Takes all kinds I guess. I dislike other alcohol as well. I don't want to get buzzed or worse. I love me a dessert though. YUMMY hahahaah