Hot & Spicy

Hot chili's, blackened, hotter than hell sauce - can you really taste the food? One bite and my lips are blistered my tongue goes from fire to numb and my throat has an automatic closing door to protect my poor tummy. Is it an acquired taste? I've heard that people who live in hotter climates eat hot food to sweat and cool off the body. Does my northern European ancestry keep me from being able to taste and appreciate hot & spicy? Am I alone here? I feel like I'm missing out!

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