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Taste in anything worries me

Taste in anything (music, movies, coffee, you name it) has long been a source of anxiety and stress for me. I don't know how to determine quality and I worried that I'm getting it wrong and, worse, that my preferences reflect negatively on me somehow. Details within. [more inside]
posted by arateaa on Dec 8, 2016 - 53 answers

What does cilantro taste like?

Some people experience cilantro as "tasting like soap." Does this mean cilantro tastes like soap smells or tastes like soap tastes? What does it taste like to people without this soap gene? I dislike cilantro and always get asked if it tastes soapy...I don't think it does, really, but I'm not sure. If I were a cilantro-soap-taster, would I definitely 100% be able to self-identify as such, or is "soapy" a more imprecise description of how it tastes to some folks?
posted by lizzicide on Sep 12, 2016 - 72 answers

Does medicine always taste bad in Germany?

I'm from the UK. I bought some over-the-counter cold medication in Germany recently. It tasted really bad, much worse than any UK meds I have had. Is this a cultural thing e.g " if it tastes bad, it's good for you"? [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Sep 1, 2016 - 10 answers

What are some surprising things that not everyone can do?

Recent articles featured on MF learned me that not everyone gets goosebumps, and that not everyone has a mind's eye. What are some other things that not everyone can do, either mental or physical? [more inside]
posted by bq on Aug 4, 2016 - 98 answers

Need survey questions to determine holiday gift giving.

I want to make a survey to send my grown-up kids so I know what to get them for the holidays. For example, I don't know how they stand on licorice since they grew up. [more inside]
posted by cda on Dec 15, 2015 - 13 answers

I can taste the fear in their eyes - I love cooked eyes!

I often read about how quickly killing animals makes better-tasting meat. Supposedly the fearful state a hunted animal often dies in releases chemicals (adrenaline? bad juju?) that make the meat less wonderful. True or woo? Science me, please!
posted by IAmBroom on Oct 3, 2015 - 10 answers

What do you do when you and your SO have different tastes?

My girlfriend and I have pretty clashing tastes about many things: movies, art, decorations, you name it. However, we're both interested in moving together at some point. How do we both get our way about how the apartment is decorated and what's on the TV/computer without walling ourselves off from each other? We have some commonalities and I believe that a good relationship is one the challenges both parties to consider new things, so I don't want to give up on that. Help?
posted by Fister Roboto on Sep 2, 2015 - 21 answers

How does one develop refined taste, particularly in clothing?

I am trying to solve a situation which involves me regularly throwing every nice looking garment into a basket then becoming so frustrated that I put everything back then leave the store with nothing. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot on May 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Gustatory effects of probiotics?

I started recently on probiotics and find that my sense of taste has gotten better for some reason. [more inside]
posted by curuinor on May 7, 2015 - 2 answers

It's an illusion, Michael.

At our next scout meeting I want to have my girls earn the Brownie Senses badge (omg it is the cutest!) by playing with some illusions, and I need some more ideas to round it out. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 9, 2015 - 18 answers

Sudden Bad Breath/Sour Taste in Mouth

About a year ago, I suddenly developed a sour taste in my mouth. What is the most likely cause? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2014 - 6 answers

What modern beer tastes most like old-fashioned beer?

I was thinking about the Ken Burns Prohibition documentary today, and it got me thinking: if I wanted to find what beer tasted like in the United States a century ago, what would I try? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 23, 2014 - 23 answers

Best wine for my taste? Sweet, limited acidity?

I can't seem to stomach wine easily, even the smell is pretty awful, but I want to acquire a taste for it for special occasions. I'm tired of being the only person toasting with a coke! I don't like sour, acidic or alcohol tastes, so I may be out of luck, but if anyone has any recommendations I'd really appreciate it. I should also mention that the above mentioned flavours are all usually much worse when cold, so I'm hoping for a good room-temp wine. Thanks in advance!
posted by Ellabelle797 on Feb 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Does organic produce taste better than conventional?

The other day I bought some yellow bell peppers at my local grocery store at a discount. When I went to cook them, I noticed they had a much stronger flavor than I expected, which was more complex and tastier to boot. When I looked at the little sticker that was on them I saw that they were labeled organic. I was cutting up some conventionally farmed green peppers at the same time, and compared to the yellow ones they barely had any flavor at all, and a very superficial flavor at that. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms on Jan 22, 2014 - 31 answers

What are some dishes that emphasize texture?

My mom may have permanently lost her senses of smell and taste due to a complication from a nasty virus she had in the spring. This is understandably depressing for her. What are some suggestions I can give her for foods that emphasize texture to help her find new ways to enjoy food?
posted by torisaur on Aug 14, 2013 - 22 answers

Do you know your onions?

What's up with onions? Why are they so mild these days? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Jul 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Can I put something bad-tasting on my hands to discourage bitey cat?

I have an adult (5ish years old) foster cat who is very friendly and mostly trusts us (we've had her for over 2 years now). She's very loving but is very much her own cat, and would prefer her space be respected at times. I'd like for her to express her moods in non-biting ways. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

The five sense of sex

Looking to spice things up in the bedroom through a five senses game. A card with each sense for him/her on it is mixed and then we have an enticing way to deal with that sense. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Ill and disgusting taste in my mouth? No thanks.

Please give me your recommendations for cough drops that actually taste good! [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Mar 24, 2013 - 30 answers

Getting Rid of Garlic/Onion Smell and Aroma

The aroma and flavor that garlic and onion in any form yield stay in my system way longer than reasonable. I need to be able to eat these two foods to help my immune system and my sinuses function better, but I can't stand the aftermath anymore (and now that I have a boyfriend again, I'm extra sensitive to yucky breath and stuff). What can I eat or drink to counteract these side effects so I can keep onions and garlic in my diet? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 6, 2013 - 12 answers

What's happened to my tastebuds and tongue?

Why does my tongue feel furry and my tastebuds seem wonky after eating a salad?? [more inside]
posted by soymilk on Oct 16, 2012 - 10 answers

What's this white powder?

What (if any) powdered drugs, illegal or pharmaceutical, can be identified by taste or smell - you know, like how the cops do on TV? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Who is an expert in fragrance?

Many fragrances either smell wrong to me (the "raspberry" shampoo I use that smells sort of like fly spray to me), or worse, "light up" different parts of my mouth and tongue, and I can almost always taste them (from only smelling). Who can I talk to about this? I asked a hobby perfumist about the effect one of her fragrances had, but she had nothing to offer. Where do I find a scent scientist?
posted by thylacinthine on Sep 24, 2012 - 25 answers

How worried should I be about an increase in perception of saltiness, bitterness and sourness in foods?

Everything seems to taste more salty/bitter/sour over the last week or so. How worried should I be that it's a sign of a disease? [more inside]
posted by scharpy on Jun 24, 2012 - 18 answers

It was originally sold in tins

Say I want to store my dental floss in a metal container. Are there any (common) types of metal that would make the floss taste funny or become dangerous to my health?
posted by doift on May 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Restaurant-quality desserts?

Part two: How can I make restaurant-quality desserts at home? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 7, 2012 - 24 answers

What books discuss taste like a pro chef would?

Please recommend good books that discuss the theory of food taste and design—analyzing flavors and textures, figuring out pairings, that sort of thing. Either savory or dessert-centered would be fine. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 28, 2012 - 11 answers

This tastes gross.

Coffee tastes weird: confirmation bias, or something else? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Loss of sense of taste

I just heard from a friend in another state that she suddenly lost her sense of taste, or at least it altered noticeably. She said she has no other symptoms, does not have a cold or congestion, but sweet tastes less sweet and she has to put lots of salt on anything else to give it taste, which she does not normally do. She is in her early 50s, mostly healthy, and is now visiting relatives for a few days. then will be taking a long drive back home. Any ideas what this could be, and could it be serious?
posted by mermayd on Dec 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Carob versus Chocolate in History

Carob versus Chocolate: Carob is widely held up by the Vegan/HealthFoods crowd as the 'healthier' and just as tasty rival to chocolate. However if Carob is really just as great as Cacao/Chocolate then how did Cacao/Chocolate come to surpass Carob and so dominate the European Market? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Dec 21, 2011 - 35 answers

Ectoplasm? Algae? Nanobot sheddings?

Why does my fridge's filtered water taste ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE but only at certain times of day? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Is it normal to enjoy food and drink more on thyroid meds?

I think my thyroid medication is making food and water taste super-delicious - is this normal? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 25, 2011 - 7 answers

They all taste the same!

I'm going to a wine tasting, but I have a low-level cold that's probably going to be around until then. Will medication save me? [more inside]
posted by themel on Nov 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Water, Water, Everywhere but Only Evian to Drink!

Getting tap water to taste like Evian? [more inside]
posted by citystalk on Oct 18, 2011 - 24 answers

Category: "food" & "drink"

What do various poisons and toxins taste like? What flavor is lead, for example, or strychnine? How about common deadly household chemicals like bleach, or organic toxins like mercury/methylmercury? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Oct 11, 2011 - 16 answers

I don't want BV *or* a Bitter Vag!

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment: How long until the godawfully bitter taste from the antibiotics goes away? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Something leaving a bad taste in my mouth

Why does my mouth taste like mothballs? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jul 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

I smell/taste copper when I hit my head

Is it common to experience a taste/smell when one's head is hit very hard? [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Jun 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Is there any good TV left that I haven't watched?

I feel as if I have watched all the good TV that exists... (on Hulu/Netflix/YouTube/Vimeo/VBS.tv) help prove me wrong please! I like shows like Californication, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, a lot, but when it comes down to it I'll also watch stuff like Shark Tank, Top Chef, Bones, Lie to Me... anything even vaguely interesting. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jun 19, 2011 - 77 answers

Acquiring acquired tastes

How do I best acquire acquired tastes? There are some foods I want to start eating on a regular basis because they are healthy and economical. What are some strategies and helpful tips for learning to love new foods? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Jun 17, 2011 - 26 answers

Books re: the artist's journey

Please suggest some older (or not) books/films/things that talk about the idea that you're just going to be bad for a long time before you're really successful at, or really master something (particularly an artistic pursuit). [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Why do some things smell better than they taste? And how/can I change that?

When I smell many foods, they nearly always smell better than they taste. Whatever it is smells marvelous but as soon as I pop it in my mouth I wonder where the flavor went. My question is why this might be, whether it is just me, and what I can do, if anything, to improve my sense of "taste".* [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on May 3, 2011 - 21 answers

How to become an omnivore...and like it?

An adult friend of mine is very, very picky about food. She doesn't eat any vegetables in their recognizable forms (e.g. hates tomatoes, but tomato sauce is no problem). Fruits, meats, dairy and other starchy stuff (bread, potatoes, rice, etc.) are all OK, but she'll gag on a piece of lettuce. What can she do to expand her tastes? Is it as simple as forcing yourself to eat a tomato once a day, or is there any pattern for how people can learn to appreciate more foods? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Apr 25, 2011 - 42 answers

Does caffeine really taste like anything?

Does caffeine really taste like anything? And if not, why does caffeine free soda (specifically Caffeine Free Diet Coke on my desk) taste so much worse than the caffeinated version?
posted by werty on Mar 17, 2011 - 26 answers

The Senses of San Fran

What sort of sensory things - tastes, smells, sounds, you know the deal - are reminiscent or representative of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 30, 2011 - 45 answers

What is the "gamey" taste in meat?

I don't notice anything particularly distinctive about the flavour of so-called game meats. Why do some people say they taste so different? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus on Dec 30, 2010 - 17 answers

Do drugs affect taste?

I have recently started taking a low dose of Amitrypteline (40mg a day). I have noticed that some foods seem to taste different: Coffee is more bitter and orange juice tastes sharper. Is it the medication or my imagination? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 7 answers

I like this, but not that.

Are there any good online resources or even quizzes to help me define or at least better identify my general taste or personal style through specific categories? For everything, not just fashion. [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Oct 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Blind Taste Test of Brewing Methods

Has anyone ever heard of a blind taste test for coffee preperation methods? [more inside]
posted by sourbrew on Oct 13, 2010 - 11 answers

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