You probably know that I’m a bit of a foodie. In fact, many people ask about my food blog, not my travel blog, and I can’t blame them. I will tell a little white lie to get the best Okinawan ramen, try tomato flavored chocolate and even somehow acquired a taste for shirako. However, there are some foods that are borderline offensive to my taste buds. The first, is papaya. Yes, the fruit. I like it mixed in with things, and as a juice, but when I bit into the flesh of a papaya fruit in Nicaragua back in 2009, there just wasn’t enough flavor per density and… well, I just had an involuntary shiver go up my spine.
After discussing the conservation areas and on our way to snorkeling to see one of the conservation areas for ourselves, we headed to lunch on a pier. Look at that plate. Just look at the food on that plate.
Jerk chicken, dumplings, ackee & saltfish, escovitch fish fillet, yam, sweet potato pudding and then… boiled green bananas. Like papayas, the flavor per density (or the lack thereof) was simply dreadful. Coupled with the texture of soggy yet dry potatoes, I could not get myself to finish it. Even I have to draw the line somewhere.
When I was last in Paris, one of my friend’s friends played a joke on me, the American girl, and asked me to try a very pungent cheese- the kind that smells like raw garbage and makes you fairly certain that it’s still continuing to decay. As much as I don’t seek that particular cheese out, I could still understand how someone might find that delicious, and even delightful and given the chance, would try it again. Boiled green bananas, though, once was definitely enough.
As if to offset the horridness of the boiled green bananas, I also made an amazing discovery – run cream. The opaque and tanish color of the beverage isn’t quite visually appealing, but it tastes so good. It’s kind of like Kahlua, but with rum, and a higher ABV.
// Have you found any foods on your travel that were surprisingly repulsive? What about foods that you had to force yourself to eat, that surprised you so much that you’d travel back to that place to eat it again? Share your experiences below!