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Even beloved food holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving can be filled with polarizing provisions. For instance, at a pumpkin pie recipe share, I couldn't resist telling others the story of how 30 years ago, my immigrant mother — perhaps the world's greatest pumpkin pie opposer — forced down a slice of pie by washing down every bite with water, so as not to seem ungracious at her first Thanksgiving dinner. Have you ever eaten something horrible just to avoid offending a host?

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ElizabethNicole ElizabethNicole 5 years
The worst was I got invited to a rabbi's house for Sabbath dinner. I didn't want to offend the rabbi or his wife, so I got a little of everything - including gifelte fish! I didn't even realize what it was until I had it in my mouth. If I'd been anywhere else I would have spit it out, instead I managed to swallow it down and somehow ate the rest of what was on my plate. It was awful and I learned to ask if I'm not sure what something is.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 5 years
The first time I met my now-husband's family, they were making up a big pot of tripe soup. I. Hate. Tripe. But I was not going to be "that picky girl" so I forced the whole thing down. I bit off small pieces of tripe and swallowed them down like pills. I found out after the fact that all of the "younger generation" (which I guess I am a part of) have the soup but not the tripe and no one is offended. Ugh. I also once forced down nearly an entire lobster the same way (I really, really hate lobster). My husband was laughing because my face was just turning grey and it looked like I was going to throw up everywhere....but I forced it down and would do it again! I think if someone is going through the trouble to make something for me that it is beyond rude to refuse it (unless you are allergic) and you should just force it down however you need to.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I'm sure I've done it a few times, but now I would never eat something I truly didn't like so I wouldn't offend someone. My gagging reflexes aren't so great, I think that would be a bigger insult :P I'm a vegetarian and I will not compromise my beliefs to please someone either.
lauren lauren 5 years
So fun to read everyone's story, can't believe the hot wings....YUCK, I can only imagine how bad that must have been!!!!!
lauren lauren 5 years
So as a child my grandmother always taught me never to "make face" when someone offered you something you didn't want. Just eat it and say thank you! So needless to say I have eaten a lot of things out of just being polite. The most disgusting thing ever was a soup. A friend's mother had made it just for me since it was a delicacy. My one friend couldn't even stomach the smell of this clear brown soup something between a moldy shower and gym socks and passed on it. His mother was so excited to make it for me, I somehow was able to stomach most of the soup. But at the bottom of bowl soup, there was something that looked like cooked slug and at that point, I pushed the bowl to side. Thinking to myself well I just ate a bowl of slug soup at least I didn't eat the slug. At that point, his mother informed that was slimy thing at the bottom of the bowl was the delicacy and it was an absolute must to eat for the full effect! So I grabbed the bowl and picked up my spoon...and ate it! I don't even think my grandmother would have ever have been polite enough to eat it! :)
Liss1 Liss1 5 years
I won't eat something if i don't like it. I try not to offend anyone, but i think they would be more offended if i threw up!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
My boyfriend's mom is incredibly sweet and makes me special vegetarian versions of her dishes at holidays. But she cooks with a ton of mayonaise, which is my #1 most hated ingredient. I eat it to be polite but it's totally heartbreaking!
Vanonymous Vanonymous 5 years
I did a volunteer program where I was matched up with an elderly woman and was supposed to just spend some time with her and have conversations with her at her home. She would always make these canned tuna w/ chopped pickle sandwiches that I found just so repulsive... but I always ate every bite because she made them "just for me". Gotta wonder what Mildred is up to these days...
amber512 amber512 5 years
No, I have food intolerances as well as an overly sensitive palate and I am just not good enough of an actress or willing to do that to myself!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
This isn't my story, but one year at Thanksgiving, my bf told his great aunt that her jello mold was really good even though we all collectively agreed it was awful. So now every year, she makes the jello mold just for him and makes sure he takes home the leftovers (which are plenty). We always toss it when we get home, but we feel bad because we don't want to break her heart and tell her the truth!
Ladyseven Ladyseven 5 years
A friend of my parents always made super gourmet meals, usually with exotic ingredients I'd never heard of, especially as a kid; creme fraiche, bouillabaisse, homemade pate.... As someone who hates most seafood, and was an even pickier eater as a kid, those dinners were hell for me. On the verge of furious tears, I ate clams, duck, eel, weird grey eggs and a variety of scary things I can't recall, on the "one bite to be polite" rule my mum always enforced. The only thing that made up for that was the incredible desserts she made, but I remember crying and feigning sick many times before we went to her house.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Sangria aside, I am not a big wine fan. Particularly the reds. If I am at someone's home, I won't decline. I will nurse one glass very, very slowly and will politely decline a second glass. And ideally, like your mom, I will chase it with water whenever possible!
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
Spain cerca 2004. Almond gazpacho. I drank my entire glass then my mom and sister begged me to drink their glasses because they hated it too.
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