Five Intriguing Foods I'm Too Scared To Try

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Cheesecake milkshake from Katz's.
I try to be a fearless eater. But though I'm generally not intimidated by strange sauces and mysterious meats, there are some foods and drinks that I want to try (sort of) but won't, for a variety of (wussy) reasons. Here are five:

5. Prune Juice. I really like the taste of prunes and therefore probably would enjoy the juice, but its reputation for, um, colon cleansing freaks me out. I am terrified of accidently guzzling too much and then finding myself in an overheated mall with no working restrooms.

4. Pig's Ears. I don't mind chicken feet and even enjoy beef tongues. And I've heard braising pig's ears in soy sauce, ginger, and sugar does much for the taste and texture. But there's something about that rubbery, pointed porcine appendage that still gives me the willies.

3. A Chunky's "Four Horsemen" Burger. Have I mentioned that I love burgers? A lot? I also have been trying to regain my tolerance for spicy food; therefore, to that end, I really should try Chunky's famous burger from Chunky's Burger in San Antonio, which is a half-pound of beef covered in grilled jalapeƱos, serrano peppers, "ghost chiles" (Bhut Jolokia), jalapeƱo jack cheese, and habanero sauce. A waiver is required to undertake the Chunky Four Horsemen Challenge, and I'm uncomfortable with that. I'm more concerned that this burger will bring my own personal (gastric) apocalypse.

2. Four Loko. Despite its horrendous reputation and supposedly horrific taste, Four Loko continues to fascinate me. I don't want to drink as many cans as Craig Hlavaty did -- just maybe one, to see what the fuss is all about. Too bad I'm convinced even a few sips will find me running amok through the streets of Houston.

1. Katz's Cheesecake Milkshake. I like cheesecake and I really like milkshakes. I harbor this irrational fear, however, that consuming that much fat and dairy in one sitting will leave me permanently lactose-intolerant. And then where would I be? Drinking that almond milk crap.

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condimentqueen
condimentqueen

pig's ears: i have an asian/european background, and ate pig's ears growing up. i can honestly say i don't miss them at all, there are too many other things that taste better. prune juice: it's not bad, if you like prunes! it's really sweet... not exactly something i would worry about missing, but easy to try if curious. the milkshake: i don't think it's one of those things to be cried over if missed, but try it anyways! it won't kill you. bring a friend, order it and ask for 2 cups. share the calories if it's a concern, but again every now and then you need a good diet-killer.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

I actually tried pigs ears a few months back (Denver), not all that impressed.

haygurlhay
haygurlhay

Dude. I'm Asian (and therefore lactose-intolerant), and I dislike milk and fat in general, but you MUST try Katz's Cheescake Milkshake. It is pure bliss. No nausea or diarrhea involved. Yay!

Joanna
Joanna

I think a few sips would hardly be a waste of calories and would carry a low risk of inducing GI issues. I'll try!

CortneyM
CortneyM

The cheesecake shake is not that good. Not at all worth the calories, IMO.

But everyone should have the Four Loko experience, at least once. Ha.

Steven
Steven

Feast has a great pig's ear appetizer.

Diarrhea Cha-Cha-Cha
Diarrhea Cha-Cha-Cha

Just eat while sitting on a commode; problem solved. Next?

Joanna
Joanna

I am trying to maintain some boundaries in my home...

Kevin C
Kevin C

Pig's ears are actually pretty good, they have a crunchy texture from the cartilage. They're served as appetizers in chinese restaurants and since they don't have fiber or dairy, they won't make you poo all over yourself.

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

http://food.drricky.net/2010/1...

Maybe I should update that to "fear is not a taste sensation". The only legitimate fear there is if you should have some kind of adverse reaction, such as to spoiled food, or to an allergy. Otherwise, why are you afraid?

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