Ten Things You Might Not Want to Know about Me and Food

I don’t usually participate in any of those ‘blog tag’ games that circle around the internets. It’s not that I don’t want to do it. In fact, I usually have good intentions when I get tagged. It’s just that I have this little problem called procrastination that seems to interfere with just about every blog post I plan on writing. So this is a formal apology to every blogger who has ever tagged me for one of those internet memes in the past. I meant to follow through, it just didn’t happen.

So what brings this up? Well, I have recently been tagged not once, but twice! And since I’ve been laid up with the flu for over a week and haven’t cooked a single thing, I figure I’d might as well respond to some questions about myself rather than let that post about Oprah’s expired book giveaway hang out at the top of the page any longer.

First I was tagged by Recipe Girl, a fellow San Diego food blogger who wants me to answer 8 specific questions about myself. And then I was tagged by Roni of Green Lite Bites who wants to know 7 things about me and food. Well, I’ve decided to change things up a bit and just write ten things you might not know (and might not even want to know) about me and food.

1. I don’t always feel like cooking.

2. Even though I love real Italian pizza, there will always be a place in my heart for real American pizza. I prefer Round Table.

3. I dislike most seafood and have only cooked fish once in my life.

4. I am not a ‘foodie.’

5. I hate raw onions and will never, ever, ever want to eat them (but I cook with them almost daily).

6. I dislike mushrooms and asparagus but am working on getting over it.

7. I will always choose creme brulee, creme caramel, panna cotta or flan over any kind of chocolate dessert.

8. Homemade bread warm from the oven spread with lots of butter will always be my favorite food.

9. I will sometimes eat nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches for a week straight.

10. When I’m sick, I only want to drink 7-up.

Now don’t you feel like you know me so much better? Ok, maybe not. But If you’re just dying to know more, here are some resources for you:

I’m not going to to tag anyone else to participate but if you feel inspired to open up and share a little about yourself, leave a comment telling us a couple things about you and food.

  1. Peter

    I hear ya the onions thing but red onions are absolutely delicious raw. As for seafood…that’s OK…more for us! 😉

    1:28 pm  Feb 24th, 2008
  2. Erin

    I totally agree with you about the 7-up thing. That’s what my mom gave me when I was sick as a child. It always makes me feel better. I’m sure it has a lot to do with all of the sugar 🙂

    2:45 pm  Feb 24th, 2008
  3. Melanie

    I hope you feel better. Love your blog and honesty.

    3:25 pm  Feb 24th, 2008
  4. RecipeGirl

    Thanks for being a good sport 🙂 Enjoyed learning more about you!

    3:37 pm  Feb 24th, 2008
  5. Roni

    I second RecipeGirl AGAIN! Thanks for letting playing!

    5:52 pm  Feb 24th, 2008
  6. Carmen

    Fun & RecipeGirl is right…you are a good sport to play. 7 up is a staple when we are sick around our house..it’s the only consolation when my 3 year old is sick – she gets to drink a “mommy drink”.

    4:45 am  Feb 25th, 2008
  7. Nicole

    Peter: Sorry, can’t even eat red onions. Believe me, I’ve tried. I can handle them raw in salsa but they pretty much have to be minced so that it’s impossible for me to pick them out 🙂 The seafood thing gets better each year but I still prefer to eat other forms of protein. In Sicily I did enjoy swordfish and even had some squid every once in a while. But canned tuna is about the only thing I’ll eat on a regular basis.

    Erin: We always got 7-up and juice bars when we were sick. I’ve outgrown the juice bars but 7-up is still the only thing that will settle my stomach. I’m sure it’s all in my head but hey, it works!

    Melanie: I’m feeling better each day but this is definitely the worst flu I’ve had in years. Guess I’d better think about getting the shot next year. Ouch! 🙂

    RecipeGirl: You’re welcome! Thanks for not minding that I made up my own rules 😉

    Roni: You’re very welcome. Thanks for tagging me!

    RecipeGirl: It’s nice to hear that others still like 7-up. It seems like everyone I know prefers Sprite or other lemon-lime sodas 🙂

    7:49 am  Feb 25th, 2008
  8. Curt

    Nicole, I wouldn’t have guessed the seafood thing, esp. with all the time in Sicily.

    What IS the definition of a foodie, by the way???

    (and I dislike all sodas except Orangina, it seems)

    8:08 am  Feb 25th, 2008
  9. Nicole

    Curt: I know, I know. Believe me, I try to enjoy seafood, I really do. And yes, I had some great stuff in Sicily. But I’m just not a seafood lover and don’t think I ever will be. But I’ll keep trying. As for the foodie thing. I can’t give you a definition because it could mean so many things. But to me, it means someone who really tries to keep up with the latest food and restaurant trends. Some people embrace the term and make it their own and I think that’s great. But for me, it just doesn’t seem to fit 🙂

    9:55 am  Feb 25th, 2008
  10. Ruby

    Knowing you so well, was like reading a recap on your life Nicole. hehe
    It used to drive me nuts that you didn’t life seafood because it is my favorite!!!
    But we have had fun at many a good restaurants so can’t complain too much.
    My Mom used to give us 7-up when we were kids, and I am now doing it for my daughter when she gets sick. Funny how that sort of thing gets passed on.
    I’ve been sick off and on this entire season, I got the flu shot but it didn’t seem to help.
    I hope your feeling better!

    11:38 am  Feb 25th, 2008
  11. Nicole

    Ruby: My not liking seafood has never stopped you from ordering calamari at just about every restaurant we go to! 🙂 I’m feeling better but still not well enough to make it to school today. I can’t remember ever being sick for this long. I think I’ll be up and out of the house tomorrow though, I can’t take being cooped up any longer.

    11:49 am  Feb 25th, 2008
  12. Ruby

    mmmmmmmmmm, Calamari….mmmmm!!!

    1:04 pm  Feb 25th, 2008
  13. dustin

    My mom always gave us Vernor’s Ginger Ale when we were sick, and we ALWAYS drank it with a straw. Maybe someone can relate to me, or I am just weird, but when you pour ginger ale in a glass, the air in the glass, when breathed in, makes you cough, and I don’t know any other carbonated drinks that make me cough like that…anyways, good times.

    7:56 pm  Feb 25th, 2008
  14. Nicole

    Dustin:I never got to drink my 7-up with a straw and I never pour ginger ale into a glass so I can’t verify the coughing thing. I’ll take your word for it, though! 😉

    8:03 am  Feb 26th, 2008
  15. Sandra

    Just discovered your blog recently and I’m really enjoying it (and the recipes). Reading your list was too funny because I am almost exactly like you although I have overcome a few of our shared dislikes in the last few years (I’ve got a few years on you so perhaps you will get there too LOL). My tip about raw onions (and the only way I can or will eat them) is red onion soaked in rice vinegar. Takes all the bite out of them and leaves them sweet and tender. That is the only way I can tolerate them. Mushrooms I still mostly dislike although I can tolerate them on pizza or in a wicked mushroom cream sauce I make for pasta (pure comfort food). Seafood I mostly don’t do except prawns or salmon (hate any other shellfish sadly). And I too will always choose a creme brulee or flan over anything chocolatey. Just not a chocolate lover I guess. I guess we are kindred spirits! BTW although I’ve never been to Italy (yet) I grew up in Mexico (I am Canadian) and have a huge love/affinity for all authentic Mexican foods. Maybe one day I’ll get to live in Italy.

    10:56 am  Feb 26th, 2008
  16. Jen

    Ginger ale is the one and only when you’re sick! Is that a Canadian thing?

    1:56 pm  Feb 28th, 2008
  17. dustin

    Jen: I am from Upper Michigan, which might as well be Canada. I never asked my mom why the Ginger Ale.

    6:57 pm  Feb 29th, 2008
  18. katie

    I’m with you on the onions. I had my first grilled cheese in years the other day with my mother in the US. I love Ginger Ale…wonder if I could make it….

    12:25 pm  Mar 1st, 2008
  19. Rae

    I feel the exact same way about onions. I despise the taste, texture and smell of raw onions, however I value what they bring to my dishes. I hope you feel better very soon, and thank you so much for sharing these tidbits. It makes me feel pretty good to know that, in all of your awesomeness (and yes, you do have awesomeness), we have a tiny little something in common. Grilled cheese sandwiches rule! Thanks again!

    7:22 am  Mar 2nd, 2008
  20. Terry B

    Nicole–First, I hope my belated comment finds you feeling fine now and cooking up a storm. And second, when I was tagged recently, I thought I was absolutely the last person who had not been tagged. I only had to come up with seven things, but I made up for it by blabbing on about how I met my wife, road trips and getting thrown out of Stonehenge.

    8:37 am  Mar 2nd, 2008
  21. Spouse Calls

    I have the opposite reaction to 7-Up and Sprite. My mom always gave it to me when I was sick, and now I associate the flavor with being sick and so I don’t like it — even when I am sick. Just give me a plain old Coke! Funny enough, though, I still give my kids Sprite when they are sick, and they like it!

    1:41 am  Mar 3rd, 2008
  22. Nicole

    Sandra: Thanks for sharing the tip about onions and rice vinegar. I might give it a try one of these days! I don’t mind mushrooms too much in pasta since I had lots of great mushroom pasta and rice dishes in Sicily. But I still don’t like them on pizza for some reason! I hope you get to visit Italy someday, I’m sure you’d absolutely love it! Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

    Jen: I know lots of people that drink ginger ale rather than 7-Up. In fact, I think that’s what my husband prefers.

    Katie: If you attempt to make some ginger ale, I hope you’ll share the results with the rest of us!

    Rae: It’s so much fun to hear that there are others out there with the same feelings about onions and grilled cheese sandwiches! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    TerryB: Yes, I am finally feeling back to normal but I have had a hard time getting back into the cooking/baking groove for some reason. I’m sure everything will be back to normal soon, though! I’ll head over and check out your answers now 🙂

    Spouse Calls: That’s interesting. I actually don’t drink 7-Up much except when I am sick because it definitely does have that association. But it’s still the only thing that makes me feel better 🙂

    8:51 am  Mar 4th, 2008
  23. Maria

    Hi.. I visited your old website and read the part where you asked if there were any foodies out there who wanted to follow you on Twitter. I don’t follow many people at all (can count them on one hand)..But you mentioned you often talk about food on Twitter.. so I am now following you!

    Anyway, I found it interesting/confusing that in this list of random facts.. you claim you aren’t a foodie. You could have fooled me! What’s your definition of foodie?

    6:59 am  Mar 23rd, 2008
  24. Jonathan

    I enjoy McDonald’s. Who admits that. I’m only happy that there’s not one near where I live. I would control myself if there were one. I tell myself. I can relate to loving both fine food and crap food. Like TV and film there’s art house and Buffy. Who doesn’t love grilled cheese, bread slathered in butter both sides!?

    Funny I get 7-up..no Sprite! when I do get McDonald’s because I know the upset stomach will follow.

    6:54 am  Apr 19th, 2008
  25. Samantha

    My mother always gave us ginger ale or Coke, especially for nausea. I hate Coke when I am healthy but having now had my first bout of the tomach flu without my mother to baby me, I was very grateful to the friend who bought me a liter of Coke, The flatter it got the better it was (how gross is that!) I knew i was better when i couldn’t stand the stuff anymore!

    7:39 pm  Apr 25th, 2008
  26. Nicole

    Samantha: I know several people who like to drink coke when they’re sick but to me it sounds terrible! But at the same time, lots of people think the 7-Up thing is weird. Go figure 🙂

    7:52 am  Apr 26th, 2008
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