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  1. I have a long list of foods I’ve never eaten. I’ll only say a few though: Grits, burritos, curry, pecan pie…

  2. I was the girl with the hair legs, spandex capris and big pink shirt too. Only add in bi-focal glasses and out of control frizzy, wavy hair. :)

    I believe I’m opposite of you. All those foods you’ve never had? Those are what I grew up on. My Dad made biscuits and gravy every weekend for breakfast (he still does) and he used to make the best collard greens with bacon. :)

    I guess where my food story differs growing up is that it wasn’t my Mom experimenting in the kitchen or making meals from scratch every evening – it was my Dad. My Dad was the one that I would bake cookies with, he was the one that taught me how to properly cut an onion, or how to fry chicken. He was also the one that packed my lunch every morning (even in high school). My Dad was the cook of the house and all my food memories can easily be traced back to him. :)

  3. “i was born with a unibrow” hahahaha i’m cracking up. i’m almost 100% italian so i’m with you on that one, girl. and i have to say i dont think there’s much that i HAVENT eaten. but what i have is pretty cool – crocodile tail, alligator, eland, kudu, ostrich, zebra. (all in africa, obviously haha). i am willing to try almost anything, and i’ve lucked out having a family that is very adventurous in meals!

  4. I’ve never had moussaka, but the list is fairly short- I’m allergic to shellfish, so I feel exempt from that, but have always wanted to try lobster… Can’t happen though:)

  5. Anne

    That’s funny about your unibrow. I would kill to have eyebrows like yours. I hate the sparse, skinny ones a lot of girls seem to rock. Yours are amazing, and well shaped too! PS- I just realized how weird that sounds, but I have an obsession with eyebrows for some reason. haha

  6. I was SO the hairy-legged, unibrowed kid at school too. I also would take weird, amazing foods to school and the kids would think I was strange, until they would taste the food and then they’d request I bring more for them to have, haha. It’s amazing how it’s such a melting pot here were so many people grew up with parents from different cultures, eating different foods, and yet somehow we all come full circle in the end.

    I would highly recommend you try enchiladas, Sabrina. They’re kind of my favorite :) You can even make them pretty healthy if you want. I have a good recipe on my blog if you ever decide to try them out, haha.

  7. OMG, OMG, OMG!! I must help you here! Fluff and peanut butter is just SO New England. You HAVE to try it. Pretty please!! I also feel as though you need to introduce enchiladas and refried beans immediately…!!! SO DELICIOUS. As far as kale goes, I’ll help you out by giving you some Portuguese soup, which is loaded with kale!!

    P.S. LOVE Nutella even though I’m Portuguese :smile:

  8. Love this! I’ve actually never tried nutella. I need to get on that. Haha I love “your mom lets you eat chocolate for lunch!?”

    I feel like I was an outcast little kid as well. I think it’s awesome that you were so different, though. :-)

  9. OK, when you come to SF again, we’ll go to my favorite restaurant, Brenda’s French Soul Food, where you can get both biscuits AND grits. Like, real Southern style ones even though we’re in SF. And you have to put butter on the biscuit or I won’t sit with you.

  10. i think the only thing i could hold against you is biscuits. OK, not really :) nutella trumps everything on that list anyway (except the biscuits :))

  11. Ha! I loved this post! I too was the weird kid packing arabic bread sandwiches or zaatar and string cheese for lunch. I would say I didn’t really eat or know alot of American desserts (and still have never had blueberry pie!)

  12. Here is the short list of things I have never tried…veal, avocados, oysters, and kibbe nayeh(raw Middle Eastern beef pate for those who don’t know). Maybe I should give at least kibbe nayeh a try because hubby says I am truly miss out!
    Interesting fact: Nutella’s company’s headquarters are located in my hometown of Somerset, NJ!

  13. Karina

    I hope you do have some good grits in your lifetime. They are amazing. ;p

  14. My mom used to make us salami and eggplant sandwiches for school. The eggplant was canned in tomato sauce and was soooo good! The other kids used to say that it looked like worms but I didn’t care.

  15. I don’t know if there are many things I haven’t eaten but definitely some of my favorite foods are things introduced to me by friends like you – stuff we never had at home. I remember in elementary school my favorite treats became Baklava – introduced to me from a Middle Eastern friend (maybe Lebanese?) and Challah bread from my Jewish friend. I actually loved the Challah so much that her mother would bake me a whole loaf every Jewish holiday.

  16. Mel

    You’ve got to have enchiladas, but only if you are in an area that has acceptable ones! Enchiladas that aren’t from any place that doesn’t border Mexico don’t count! Or you can make them yourself.

    Until the last year i’d never had Nutella, grits, greens, etc. DBF is from Alabama and those are things he grew up with. For some reason, even though we’ve been dating over 5 years, I’d never tried any of them

    I’ve never had indian food and I’ve only had thai twice. Oh and real greek food (other than greek salads)that’s been in the last 6 months.

  17. just from the stuff you listed i have never had:

    kale
    nutella

    sardines..well i guess technically i have if ive had caesar salad…does that even count?

    if its mainstream at all over the past 40 years i’ve eaten it!

  18. oh and i looooooooooooove grits! eat them ALL the time. its the poor mans couscous!

  19. I remember the first time I had Nutella. I was at a friends house in high school and they had it. I was skeptical because I really dislike peanut butter and I was afraid that it would taste like chocolatey peanut butter. Not the case at all. I love it.

    There are many, many things that I have not eaten….brats, asparagus, (lots of produce items actually) trying to change that….slowly but surely…..

  20. Danielle

    Enchiladas and grits for me as well. As long with every type of Indian food (The Fitnessista probably wants to kill me :))

  21. Amanda

    Wow I really thought I was the only one who felt that way growing up! I come from an italian family and growing up I hated my curly frizzy hair! I wanted beautiful straight hair like all the girls I went to school. I was not allowed to shave my legs until the 8th grade or wear make-up until after high school!

    My dad would always make homemade spinach pies, pigs in the blankets, or differnt calzones. Yum, they were so good!

    If you do come to visit RI again you have to try El Tapatio on Atwood Ave. They have wonderful mexican food and terrific sangria too!

    Sausage is great and super easy to make! You can it up and make it with potatoes, slow cook them with green peppers and onions or cook them in a gravy (tomato sauce)!

  22. you’ve never eaten kale?? Mmm, i love it now. i’m with you on the collard greens, grits and enchiladas :) my dad gives me a hard time (jokingly, of course) about how i used to pick all the peppers and onions out of this one dish my mom made and left them in a ring around my plate!

  23. biscuits await my friend!!! Biscuits await. ;)

  24. This is a super cute story! I can’t believe you have never eaten enchiladas and refined beans. If you lived in CA you would have for sure! :-D

    I have never eaten pickled herring. My mother in law serves it every Christmas Eve and I have never been able to try it. I loved pickled stuff and I love fish but I can’t imagine pickled fish. Ick!

    I have also never tried Spam. At least not to my knowledge. ;-)

  25. Your story cracked me up and reminded me so much of growing up — no big surprise b/c I’m Armenian. We used to call it arabic bread too. I thought we were the only ones!

    I’ve never had sour cream, cottage cheese and a lot of American basics like sloppy joes, hamburger helper and casseroles. And I still can’t figure out the point of Rice-A-Roni (probably because it’s based on an Armenian recipe).

  26. oh my gosh we just have so much in common! I grew up in and Indian vegetarian/vegan family. I did not have biscuits and gravy until 4 years ago! (I’m 24 now). I brought Indian food for lunch most days at elementary school and felt so weird haha.
    I didn’t have onion rings, scrambled eggs, omelets, hashbrowns, or even A MILKSHAKE until my 20s either! I also tried meat for the very first time when I was 20 haha.
    I felt like such an alien a lot times when I was eating with friends.
    I actually had a Lebanese friend growing up and LOVED her Arabic bread, z’aatar spices, and other food she introduced me to. I was also introduced to Nutella by my Italian friend Gianpaolo! I will never forget my first Nutella sandwich :)
    Loved this post!!!!

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine, Oddly enough, I have never had real Indian food! I am DYING to try it though! Thank you so much for your comment- it is so cool to see how similar we all were growing up!

      • @RhodeyGirlTests, you MUST try Indian food! The only thing that bothers me about a lot of the Indian food blog posts I’ve seen lately…is that “restaurant style” Indian food is catered toward Americans (in my opinion!)… Yes, it is delish but it’s not the same as what I have eaten growing up, and Indian friends’ homes, or in India itself!
        I am planning a post on this topic sometime this week :) Do you think that Italian food in America is translated to make it tastier to Americans?

        • RhodeyGirlTests

          @Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine, Italian food in America is not at ALL like the food in Italy. Everything is so heavy and covered in tomato sauce and/or cheese. And chicken parm etc. were CREATED in the U.S.!! When you write that post please forward it to me- I’d love to share it with everyone!!

  27. You’ve got to try a good southern biscuit. Go ahead and put some nutella on it, if you want, but I recommend homemade jam or honey and butter.

    I’ve never had beef tartar and my fiance just reminded me that there’s a Korean dish that uses an egg that has almost came to term and has a beak in it. I don’t think I’ll be trying that anytime soon.

  28. I will definitely do that :) I don’t think I have ever had authentic Italian food- but I do love my pizza sans cheese!

  29. What a fun post :) I used to be the ultimate picky eater when I was little. I wouldn’t even eat baby food as a baby- my mom had to try to make homemade stuff but I wouldn’t eat that either! I used to call lettuce “crunchy water” and never had a salad until I was 25 years old (4 yrs ago)- now I love them and eat them all the time. I’ve also never eaten: seafood of any sort, mayonnaise, avocado, blue cheese, grits(despite going to school in the south) or scrapple or cheese steaks (despite now living in Philly). The thought of any of them is enough to gross me out. I actually can’t even look at mayo. Haha.

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @Kelly, I hate mayo too. If my food touches it I won’t eat it.

      You MUST try avocado. You might not like it the first couple of times, but it will grow on you until you become obsessed!

  30. I’ve never had real indian food. I’m pretty adventurous with food because of traveling with my family as a military kid but indian was just never on my radar. Seeing it on the blog world really makes me want to try it.

    Every time we would come back to the US from Europe we would bring a case of Nutella and have friends send us more if we ran out. So glad they now sell BJ’s sized jars for my fix. :-)

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