The Friday Five by 3dogmom at Revgals!
She says: My first ever Friday Five is dedicated to Nikki MacDonald, sister RevGal, who was hungering for an opportunity to write about Haggis. With that introduction, today’s FF is all about food!
1) Is there a food from a foreign land whose reputation led to trepidation when you had a chance to give it a try? Did you find the courage to sample it anyway? If so, were you pleasantly surprised or did you endorse the less than favorable reputation that preceded it? I would say haggis. I was delightfully surprised: I enjoyed it very much. It was at a restaurant in Edinburgh, and my hostess, while she declined the haggis herself, declared that it was her duty to take me to a place where I could get GOOD haggis. :) Nikki & 3dogmom, thanks for the opportunity to remember it.
2) What food from your own country/culture gets a bad rap? Huh. I honestly can't think of one. I guess our (Mexican) version of haggis, which is menudo, a soup made from beef tripe. I don't eat it, myself, but it's a standard at real Mexican restaurants (i.e., NOT Tex-Mex places). They often will make it only on Sundays, or only on weekends. It's a special treat. I've had it, and it's good, but I just can't get past ... what it is. Silly, but there you go.
3) Of what food are you fond that others find distasteful? I crave sour and pungent things: vinegary things, curries. Often I'll add vinaigrette or vinegar to a side dish to get it to the flavor I like. And I was raised to eat vinegar on greens...a legacy from my English great-grandparents. In ayurvedic medicine, there are specific "tastes" of food and these are two of the major ones. Of course, ayurveda teaches that all six tastes should be eaten together, which I don't always achieve.
4) Is there a country’s food, not native to you, that you go out of your way to eat? Indian food! My first trip to the UK was a revelation, and when I go there it's really all I want to have. :) Traveling companions don't always agree.
5) What is your guilty pleasure food? Tortilla chips and good salsa. I lived on it in college...
Bonus: What was your most memorable meal (good or bad), either because of the menu, the occasion, the company, or some other circumstance that makes it stand out? My first Indian meal was in the basement dining room of a London restaurant in the summer of 1988, while I was on study abroad. The company was lovely, the food discoveries felt like I was coming home, and (to top it all off) my Jr. High school art teacher showed up.