Posted by The Serious Eats Team at 7:00AM on 01/26/07
I dip my grilled cheese sandwich in ketchup. I don't know if that's annying. I'd like to say I do something weird like disassemble my burger into its component parts before eating it, but I don't. Nor do I eat only foods of one color. That would be annoying.
I am a messy eater....no matter how hard I try, when the waitress takes my plate away there is a ring of crumbs and debri left where my plate wasn't. I always try to push the mess over to my husbands side!
I eat pizza with a knife and fork. And I'm Italian.
I'm guilty of two of the above (Meg, sorry, but I don't do the grilled cheese / ketchup bit). But, worse than slicing pizza with a knife and fork or messing up my place setting, I eat gummy worms. Lots and lots of gummy worms. It's just not right.
When I have a cheeseburger, I don't like the cheese melted on it. So i have to order a hamburger with cheese on the side. When my husband makes a cheeseburger for me he always gets annoyed about it.
I use a knife to eat many things where only a fork would suffice. Rice, for example. My boyfriend finds that annoying. I like to dip my grilled cheese in ketchup too, though I don't see why anyone would be annoyed by that. I believe that ketchup is one of the all-time delicious foods.
Gee.. I eat nearly everything (including chicken wings and pizza) with fork and knife. However, my co-eaters are most annoyed by my winding of stringy cheese on my fork when I'm eating some sort of baked pasta dish. Twirl, twirl, wind wind wind. No hangers-down, because those drip sauce onto my shirt.
I dip my grilled cheese too, but that is the least of my problems. :-) I pick at food, I pick it apart, there is no rhyme or reason, but I look for the best combination, the best tastes.
I am also super messy, really really messy. I know table manners, I know the right utensils to use, but for some reason my plate and surrounding area looks like a war zone.
I don't think I'm alone, but I have to eat all the different dishes on my plate in the same proportion. I can't eat all of one thing and then go on to the next -- I know a lot of people who tend to eat that way. I like to end up with one bite of each component left. However, this probably doesn't annoy anyone. Hmm...I know I annoy myself with how many napkins I end up using when I go out to eat and they have those little dispensers with the cheap paper napkins--no matter what, I end up with a small mountain in front of me.
hostess cherry pies wrapped in ham slices-need to heat the pie til warm--cherries everywhere best enjoyed over the sink
I take everything apart as I eat it. Like, if it's a Twix, I eat the chocolate, then the cookie, then the caramel. If I'm eating something of many components, like a salad or a stew, the bits I like the best are the bits I eat last. It takes me an hour to peel an orange because I have to get every last bit of the white pith off of it.
I can't eat bananas with any brown in them -- and so I make my husband eat them.
I gather the miniscule crumbs from a slice of toast and put them back on my toast. I don't know why. Help.
When I eat spaghetti, I will politely twirl my fork to get the spaghetti up for the first few minutes, but then I get annoyed, and will only twirl halfway, then lean over my plate, push whatever I have on my fork into my mouth, and bite off any longer pieces that still hang out. I will also twirl a bit, lift the spoonful of spaghetti up above the plate... and my head... until I see the end of each noodle, then I lean my head back and lower the spaghetti in.
This is not my annoying food habit but my husband's. When I make any type of baked casserole, particularly those with melted cheese or crumb toppings, he eats from the top, leaving the rest of the servings sans topping! Unfortunately some of my children have inherited this.
I cannot eat a burger without pickles-burgers for me are just an excuse to eat a lot of pickles
I wouldn't really call it habits, but I have several idiosyncrasies when it comes to food that drive my husband up the wall. I have a VERY weak stomach, and as a result, I.....
Can't eat potato chips or anything else that's eaten with the hands if anyone else's hands have been in the bag. As soon as I come home from the grocery store, I take myself some of the chips or whatever out of the new bag, and put them in a ziploc baggie.
Can't usually eat when people with long hair do the cooking, or if they hover over the food. If I see a hair in the vicinity of something I am eating, it seriously gags me, even if it's not on my food.
Can't eat or drink after ANYONE, other than my husband. If someone wants to taste something I'm eating, I will usually give them the entire thing.
I am polite, and very subtle about this, and nobody but my husband is aware that I have these quirks. As I said, it drives him up the wall.
I eat leftovers in espresso cups. I can even manage this will most of the components leftover from Thanksgiving dinner, refilling the cup many time to fool myself that I'm really not eating much.
I, too, dip my grilled cheese (American or Cheddar, not when I'm having Swiss) in ketchup. Perhaps not an annoying habit, but a trend, given the number of us that do it?
with, not will!
and times not time. Clearly my most annoying food habit is not proofing before I post!
"I don't think I'm alone, but I have to eat all the different dishes on my plate in the same proportion. I can't eat all of one thing and then go on to the next -- I know a lot of people who tend to eat that way. I like to end up with one bite of each component left. However, this probably doesn't annoy anyone. Hmm...I know I annoy myself with how many napkins I end up using when I go out to eat and they have those little dispensers with the cheap paper napkins--no matter what, I end up with a small mountain in front of me."
So true! I cannot figure out why my husband would want to eat one food at a time...in the meantime the other dishes are growing cold in the serving bowls. THEN, he puts Crystal hot sauce on almost everything (I could get a complex from that one-does he need to drown the taste of my cooking?! He says it "enhances" the food...well, whatever...!). I try to eat in proportions so that there is one equal bite of each dish left...and the best-tasting item is eaten last...with the last swallow of wine to enjoy along with it.
Guilty of this:
"I am a messy eater....no matter how hard I try, when the waitress takes my plate away there is a ring of crumbs and debri left where my plate wasn't. I always try to push the mess over to my husbands side!"
Oh yes, the messy spot left after my plate is taken away at a restaurant and the pile of napkins...oy! My husband uses ONE at the very end to wipe his mouth...and not a crumb under his plate (or on his shirt or pants...how does he do it?).
And christine writes:
"I can't eat bananas with any brown in them -- and so I make my husband eat them."
The brown banana one is funny-there really is only one "peak" time that I'll eat a banana-it can't be too green or too ripe-I think the window of opportunity for it to be acceptable is an hour and half! Luckily my husband will eat them no matter what (pretty much...he draws the line at black).
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