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ARC of Beautiful Darkness, anyone??? :-)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Breaking out of writing lock-down again (I'm so sneaky!)--to let you, wonderful readers, know that I have an ARC of the following:

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Would you like to win this ARC?

Well then, all you need to do is have a US mailing address, make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you in your comment and then tell me this:

What is the worst meal you've ever had?

For me, I didn't think anything would top having to eat real Brunswick stew (the kind that yes, is made with squirrel meat) until several years ago, when I went to a holiday dinner, helped myself to the mashed potatoes, took a bite...

And discovered they were turnips.

And that there were no potatoes. Just turnips. Who does that to someone? And on a holiday, no less?

So yes, share your worst meal with me--and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you! I'll take comments through this Friday, August 20th, and then the person who has suffered through (IMO) the worst meal--well, that person gets the ARC of Beautiful Darkness!

53 Comments:

Blogger Book Whisperer said...

My worst meal with stuffed shrimp... A lover of shrimp it was never anticipated that I would not like the meal. Though, quickly I found that it is what was stuffed in the shrimp that was so bad. Unfortunately, I still do not know what was in the mix to tell you to stear clear of. This is what I get for being brave.

bkwhisperer(at)bluemarble(dot)net

August 16, 2010 9:33 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Worst meal ever? Thanksgiving a few years ago. There was no turkey, no stuffing and no cranberry sauce. Instead our hostess (who shall remain nameless) served pasta salads. Three kinds of pasta salads. Each as tasteless and bland as the last. One had mushrooms though- so dinner had that going for it. Luckily it was a day after the actual holiday, so we were able to stop at Culver's for a real dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers (and ice cream). Worst Thanksgiving meal ever!

areadersramblings@gamil.com

August 16, 2010 9:42 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

clearly I can't type at this early hour of 9:45 LOL that is a gmail account- not gamil ;)

areadersramblings(at)gmail(dot)com

August 16, 2010 9:44 AM  
Blogger Liz S said...

My worst meal came from a place that my family and I used to frequent most Sundays when I was younger. I typically stuck to breakfast fare, but one day I had a hankering for fries and a burger. I ate nearly eveything on my plate, and then I picked up one of the last fries, and there, sitting at the bottom of everything, was a deep-fried fly, wings and all.
I pointed it out to the waitress, and she apologized profusely, but then only took off the price of my soda, a measly $1.50 from the bill.
Needless to say, I haven't been back since. (And you can bet I always check under my fries before I start eating no matter where I go).

LizSF72 (at) gmail (dot) com

August 16, 2010 9:47 AM  
Blogger Tash said...

THe worst meal i ever had was made by my grandma. She had a fish head in her refridgerater for weeks so it was rotten to begin with. Then my mom threw it away. After my grandma found out my mom threw it away, she went in the garbage got the fish head and made soup wit it. SHe said there was nothing wrong with it. I had a stomach flu for a week.

spunkyreader@gmail.com

August 16, 2010 9:55 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

HEY!

Alright ... this question is hard because at first nothing comes to mind ... but I do recall years ago eating (and hating) lobster chowder. I'm originally from Maine, and even though most Mainahs loves us some chowdah I could not for the life of me stomach the stuff. So I picked out the lobster pieces, ate those pieces, and I haven't touched lobster or clam chowder since. =0P

*hehee* jess2003me@hotmail.com

August 16, 2010 10:02 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wow would I love that ARC!

Ok, worst meal I ever ate: I was dating a boy for 3 weeks and he invited me to his house for dinner. They were having black beans and rice, which at the time I had a strong aversion to, but it was his mom's famous recipe and I was 15 and didn't want to embarrass myself.
So I took a bite and my gag reflex started up. His mom tried to make it better by adding salt, which meant I had to take another bite. . . gag again. So she said maybe it would be better with cheese on it. . . three disgusting bites.
By now my face has gone plate, mostly from humiliation, and she made me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and we all sat there mostly in silence except for the occasional good natured joke at my expense. I never went back to their house again. And that was my worst meal ever.

Close runner ups - Duck Heart in china at a business dinner!

Thanks!
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August 16, 2010 10:14 AM  
Blogger lyan said...

Worst Meal Ever?
It is not really a meal but it's part of a dinner.. On my 15th birthday I had a BIG party. One of my dad's friends wife prepared a frozen salad. But this one when we went to eat it it had little bugs inside. My aunt tried to tell me when she noticed but i didn't understand what she was saying. And I ended up eating the bugs ewwww... (nice birthday present NOT)

qbanchic@hotmail.com

August 16, 2010 10:23 AM  
Blogger Samantha Rowan said...

It wasn't one meal, it was many. Every Wednesday was hot dog day at my middle school. The hot dogs were OK but a few times the sauerkraut was infested with roaches.

August 16, 2010 10:25 AM  
Blogger Samanthajo_322 said...

Okay my worst meal ever was a casserole, but not just any casserole, a horse casserole. First of all, I only eat fish or poultry. But the person serving the meal told us it was a secret family recipe and that the meat included was poultry (I was not aware that horse was a type of bird =p). But one bite and I figured it was definitely a lie, it tasted like foot and dirty water mixed together. The nastiest meal I have ever eaten.

Sam =]

sslager1@niu.edu

August 16, 2010 10:28 AM  
Blogger I am lying said...

Well... I never had a worst meal. Since I'm a picky eater, my parents always made sure there was something I liked. But there was one time in Taiwan, my mom's friend took us out to dinner to a Thai restaurant. I never had Thai before so I was wary. And then the food started coming. There was rabbit meat, pig's ear, etc. I didn't eat anything except for peanuts with rice.

-Lisa
iamlyin@gmail.com

August 16, 2010 11:45 AM  
Blogger ApachesPrincess said...

I've had some pretty bad meals, from fried zucchini to scallops! However, one especially comes to mind!

I have a horse, so every year I show her at the county fair, it is one of the most anticipated events of the year! When your showing horse, you have to keep your horse there for the entire 5 days and nights of the fair. Most people end up camping there as well, because you have to get up so early for the shows. Well, my friend, Jade, decided to sleep in our camper with us one night and we decided to make Papa Murphey's pizza for supper. So we bought the Papa Murphey's pizza and threw it in the oven. A few minutes later, we came back to the camper and there was a reeking smell! Because of the crazy camper oven the entire underside of the pizza was BLACK! It even stuck to the tray that the pizza comes on! We ate it anyway, with a lot of lemonade to wash it down! We still laugh about that every year at the fair :)

countrystars95@yahoo.com

August 16, 2010 11:47 AM  
Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

Oh, here we go. This summer I was in Orlando visiting Universal Studios. We ordered pizza from our hotel, not wanting to go out that night. I met my dad downstairs at the bar area to pick up our pizzas and he instantly began to laugh. Not a good sign. "Open the pizza box, you're mom's gonna kill me" he says as I reach out for the cheese pizza. Opening the box, my jaw literally dropped. Inside, the pizza was made on impossibly thin crust (like pita bread) with the cheese placed on top of the crust (without sauce). The sauce, missing from where it should be, was literally dumped in three random piles on top of the cheese so that some slices has a lot of sauce and some had none. Seeing my face, my dad says "now look at the sausage one." It was the same, sauce randomly on top, except for the sausage added that appeared to be summer sausage sliced in halves. None of it was edible. I'm from Chicago, so, yeah, I know good pizza and this was far from it. Unfortunately, the meal cost us around $20 so we needed to eat the stuff and I nearly gagged. I kept waiting for camera men to come out, you know, that this was a joke, but no. The pizza was real. Even the waitress at the sushi bar had a good laugh at it, but she wasn't the one eating. Never again will I order pizza in Orlando. I will comment back with the picture of this pizza if I can find it on my camera.

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

August 16, 2010 12:37 PM  
Blogger Camilla45242 said...

My worst meal was fish filets in the school cafeteria. Not only was the fish itself gross but they put tartar sauce on it, even grosser. Not only that the side of it was cinnamon delight, there is nothing "delightful" about it. We were forced to eat all of it by the teacher patrolling the cafeteria. The girl next to me actually threw up. *shudder*

camackenzie@saintursula.org

August 16, 2010 3:05 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

The worst meal I've ever had is a mexican soup called Menudo. I was at work and my co-worked had some with her. We were running behind so we really didn't have a lunch break, so she said she'd share her soup with me. I was very thankful and wasn't going to complain about what it was. I was just going to use the words my mom always told me when I was younger, "just stick it in your mouth and chew." So I took the first bite of the soup and tried my hardest not to throw up right there. I asked her what it was. Menudo=meat from the lining of the cow stomache or cow intestints. If you ever travel down south or go to a Mexican restaraunt, do not order Menudo!!
-Miranda
miranda.lyons09@yahoo.com

August 16, 2010 4:07 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

my worst meal had to be when I tried octopus! I love sushi but one day I tried octopus an dspit it right back out! It was so nasty, never again!

VanillaMusic15@aol.com

August 16, 2010 5:24 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

my worst meal had to be when I tried octopus! I love sushi but one day I tried octopus an dspit it right back out! It was so nasty, never again!

VanillaMusic15@aol.com

August 16, 2010 5:24 PM  
Blogger Hannah S. said...

Aha, this is the funniest question ever!

Well in Korea my mom paid me to eat some funky foods on the street stands.
I ate some bugs (which were crunchy, and a little bitter, but not too bad) but the weirdest thing was the squid.
My God, it was freaking nasty!
They had just chopped it up, so it's wiggling around, and the little suction cups were, like, flexing or something...
Well anyway, when I popped it in my mouth (which was a struggle since it kept twisting out of my chopsticks) it began SUCKING on MY TONGUE!
It tasted okay, but the wiggling was too weird... And after thoroughly chewing it, (and gagging at the same time) I swallowed only to have it stick to my throat. Fun. :)

Love, Hannah
xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

August 16, 2010 5:31 PM  
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August 16, 2010 5:53 PM  
Blogger Mollie said...

The worst meal I ever had was a pizza, yes, PIZZA when I was in Ireland on vacation. I don't know how one screws up pizza but I assure you it can be done. It was the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted and the "pepperoni" looked like blood sausage.

Apparently the Irish can't make a good pie!


I have photographic proof if it's needed :)

I forgot to add my email in the last comment: bookfaredelights[at]gmail[dot]com

August 16, 2010 5:54 PM  
Blogger Jeremy West said...

Last Thanksgiving my mom attempted to make Green bean Casserole no knowing that the "french onion" ingredients that she used was spoiled and moldy. When I took a bite of it my brother immediately almost threw up. He ran to the bathroom and spit it out...not even my dogs would eat it. It was disgusting!

jeremywest91@gmail.com

August 16, 2010 6:49 PM  
Blogger Sweet Lady Jess said...

A few years back my father won a gift card to Red Lobster. I wasn't (and still am not) a big fan of sea food. When we went to use up the card, I ordered the only item on the menu with chicken in it: Chicken Rosemary. The first thing that came to my head when I ate it was, "This tastes like the tree in our front yard!!!" That wasn't a good thing! When I played around in the front yard, I could smell out Rosemary tree. I liked smelling it, not EATING it! Uggg! I ended up eating a bit of the clam chowder and fried shrimps that my mom ordered. The moral of the story is that not all chicken is safe to eat.

-Jessica Tapia

jessicatapia_afuel07(at)hotmail(dot)com

August 16, 2010 7:07 PM  
Blogger Black Rabbit said...

the worst thing I've ever eaten was Escargot (snails). When I was 5 my parents took me to Paris for a family reunion. While I was was there my grandfather made a bunch of appetizers for us to try. Back then I didn't know what Escargot was so I decided to try it. What I didn't know was that my cousin had made them and she haven't cook then all the way. When I took a bit out of one I could feel it moving in my mouth. I was the worst thing I've ever tasted before. It tasted SO SLIMY :(

email: impmon101@yahoo.com

August 16, 2010 7:58 PM  
Blogger KatieDoll said...

Worst meal I've ever had was at a wedding shower. They served wedding soup first (which was completely HORRIBLE) and then sent out disgusting chicken salad sandwiches with warm, soggy chicken salad in an extremely hard to chew croissant. Even the vanilla ice cream afterward was bad. Needless to say, I went to bed hungry that night.

Ick, so so so bad. *shivers*

skellington28210@yahoo.com

August 16, 2010 8:11 PM  
Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

Here is the picture of my pizza that I mentioned above. It even looks terrible.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll46/barbrafl/Photo0049_001.jpg?t=1282006587

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August 16, 2010 8:57 PM  
Blogger twentyxfragments said...

Wow. I couldn't even be on US soil to have this bad meal. I was 8, and we were in Taiwan, in what is supposed to be one of the nicer, indoor restaurants, not the outdoor side-of-the-street ones. So we're sitting at the table with a whole bunch of relatives, and they bring in a big pan that smells so good. When they lifted the lid, I think I died a little on the inside.

How would you like to see frog legs twitching, hopping, and jumping all over the place? Yeah. My mom tried to get me to sample one. "It tastes like chicken," she said. I think she was lying.

My childhood was never the most enjoyable part of my life. :( Thankfully, my mom has since then made up for it by being the best chef I have ever come across. :)

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August 16, 2010 9:06 PM  
Blogger Bella said...

I'm of hispanic and native american background so as a kid my family ate a lot of "ethnic" meals, though back then it was just a meal, lol. Anyway, one of the things my mother used to cook made me sick every single time because the flavor &odor was sooo horrendous to me. It's called menudo, and it's basically soup made with pig tripe(stomach), hominy and spices in it. And the cooking of the tripe takes hours &stinks to high heaven! I was so sensitive to the smell that I'd get nauseous and headaches :(
Now, the reason I've never been able to eat and enjoy this like the rest of my family is because I'm the oldest kid and unlike my siblings was raised vegetarian for the first few years of my life, and I've never been able to really eat pork without getting sick. But my dad didn't understand this and made me eat whatever everyone else did, and I'd get so sick. Until finally the pediatrician I had told them I could handle it. Man that was the best day! lol
But the whole family loved it and so I was odd-man out and still had to endure the awful smell until I moved out for college.
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August 17, 2010 5:25 AM  
Blogger Lynsey Newton said...

Hmm, let me think. I remember my mum making us dinner one evening and she was just opening a can of green beans when we found a dead baby mouse inside. Put me right off my dinner and needless to say that I have never eaten green beans since. Shame.

Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

August 17, 2010 7:30 AM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

worst meal ever: pinapple chicken.

it's actually a joke in my family now: "Anything but pineapple chicken, mom!"

she made this chicken--her recipe...she was trying to be spontaneous and use up some leftovers--and it smelled awesome. we sat down and it was dry, syrupy, mushy, and just plain nasty. she didn't feel too bad about it though... it was her first (and as far as I know, ONLY) failed meal after having been married for twenty years at the time.

but the weirdest meal i ever had (it was tasty, but a little odd) was when I went to this resturant and ordered a ceaser salad. guess what showed up... a head of lettuce drizzled in salad dressing with chicken on the side and strips on anchovies... i was like "WHAT? do they want me to cut my own salad... or eat it like an ear of corn?" it was hilarious. weirdest salad i've ever had.

tasty, though.

sorry! rambling again.
haleymathiot@yahoo.com

August 17, 2010 8:42 AM  
Blogger Sommer said...

Worst meal: My husband and I were on our honeymoon 3 years ago in New Orleans. We were very excited, the French Quarter was beautiful and romantic and the people were sweet and lovely and despite the hurricane troubles still plaguing them, we were in love with the city.

On our first night we didn't want to go far from the hotel so we asked the front desk girl for a recommendation for dinner. She sighed (dreamy sigh!) that there was a fabulous place just around the corner and we should go there for our first night in her city.

It turned out to be an oyster bar, very swanky, and when we asked the waitress for recommendations, she did the dreamy sigh too! She told us of a dish that everyone loved, that was romantic and beloved in the French Quarter. Very excited, we agreed to try it.

Oysters. Cold, sticky, kind of smelly oysters. They were swimming in some kind of oil and spice. Neither of us had ever eaten oysters before and we were game. They recommended we pluck them out and eat them on crackers. They felt like little tongues coated in snot. They tasted like gummy sand. We ended up pocketing the crackers, paying and leaving as quickly as possible before I got viciously sick. The crackers were needed to ease my stomach. Worst thing I have ever put in my mouth. Ever.

Sommer: tellgreatstories(at)yahoo(dot)com

August 17, 2010 8:45 AM  
OpenID angel28140 said...

My worst meal was when I went to visit my uncle from out of town and he took me to a seafood buffet. It was expensive, and not great. I didn't eat much but the next morning I woke up swollen with hives. Turns out I'm allergic to shellfish. Who knew? That was not only my worst meal ever, but the worst week ever since I had to drive home twelve hours the following day.

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August 17, 2010 12:12 PM  
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August 17, 2010 12:27 PM  
Blogger Lucian said...

The worst meal I've ever had was rats when I went to Korea for the Summer. My parents wanted me to try a variety so they took me to a bunch of restaurants. One of them was a buffet, so I went around and stacked my plate. I thought I had gotten chicken, but soon found out how wrong I was. The moment I put it into my mouth I was DISGUSTED. I threw it up and ran straight to the bathroom. The next day I found out the rats were tainted resulting in me spending the next 2 day in the bathroom because I had gotten the stomach flu from the right. WORST SUMMER EVER! :( To this day I can't see Stewart Little without gagging.

lucianhakim@yahoo.com

August 17, 2010 12:39 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline C. said...

The worst meals that I've ever had are not necessarily the ones where the food was the nastiest, but where I was most mortified.

One that stands out in particular was a pre-wedding dinner hosted by my cousin's in-laws. I grew up with a mother who isn't shy with spices, so I have a fondness for super-spicy foods. My cousin's new family members had to have had the blandest meal set out that night. Everything was flavorless! And what made it worse was that it was one of those cozy family meals where the hostess is looking for approval and praise, especially since we were new to her family.

August 17, 2010 1:55 PM  
OpenID Kate at Read This Book! said...

The worst meal I've ever had was when I was vacationing in China and this particular place served just rice and a few vegetables like eggplant and some green leafy veggies. There was hardly any meat at all, just a small plate of chicken.

And the worst thing was the only drink they offered was green tea. Yuck, you can say I'm NOT a fan of green tea without sugar. Oh and the hygiene was terrible. The utensils looked as though they had been washed without soap -- all oily! Argh!

kate.readthisbook [at] gmail [dot] com (I've a US mailing address)

August 18, 2010 12:00 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

One time my brother and I went to a chinese buffet in downtown Philly. He picked up a lemon square for dessert, and took a bite...It was stuffed with raw fish!!!! I wish I had a picture of his face:-)

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August 18, 2010 2:22 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

When I was in NYC I went to this restaurant where they served exotic food. One of their most popular dishes was a cockroach dipped in chocolate. At the time I though it was cut into the shape of a cockroach, but really it was a cockroach encased in chocolate. After one bit I new i was a real cockroach. There wasn't enough chocolate in the world to cover out the bitter taste in my mouth.

latreia101@yahoo.com

August 18, 2010 4:14 PM  
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August 18, 2010 4:50 PM  
Blogger Erica75 said...

Well, we garden, farm, and hunt, so most of the meals we eat regularly would make this list for a lot of people. I had a few pretty bad ones as a newlywed, though. My husband still talks about the time I completely dried out the spare ribs in the oven and tried to cover it up with BBQ sauce. Resembled (and tasted like) BBQ rubber. He ate it so he wouldn't hurt my feelings and I ate it just to pretend I didn't notice.

August 18, 2010 7:41 PM  
Blogger Erica75 said...

Oops, ericao75(at)hotmail(dot)com

August 18, 2010 7:42 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I camp and backpack a lot and usually am very involved in what I cook in the field. Keep in mind while backpacking you are burning so many calories you will usually eat anything.

I went backpacking with some of my buddies and decided to try a new recipe out of my favorite outdoor cookbook. This recipe involved an envelope of Lipton soup mix, instant potatoes, dried milk, dried veggies, cheese, and some other stuff. It tasted like straight salt and nastiness. The guys I was with manfully downed it but I chose not to eat, maybe not a good idea with as many miles as we were pounding out but better than throwing it back up later.

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August 18, 2010 10:34 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

The worst thing I've ever eaten was a burrito from my elementary school. The one and only time I go and buy food from the cafeteria I find a wad a hair in the burrito. "I bet the lunch lady put it in there on purpose just because I never eat her crappy food." "The Nerve of Her!"

lcollins136@yahoo.com

August 19, 2010 3:43 AM  
Blogger Georgia said...

It was at girls camp. They told each of us to bring 2 cans of "whatever"... they did not specify what "whatever" should be.

Turns out it was for something they called Mulligan Stew. They took each girls cans of "whatever" and poured it into a huge pot which they then heated over the fire.

There were many kinds of soup (not bad really), there were many kinds of vegetables... there were many unidentifiable things... and I think there may have been a can or two of fruit cocktail.

~Georgia (Eve's Fan Garden)

August 19, 2010 3:51 PM  
OpenID jayeme said...

The worst meal ever....Well, the one that's coming to mind is when we had to catch & clean & cook our own fish at camp. I hate fish, I hate killing things, and I've since become vegetarian....very soon after that ,actually.

xashxnightx at gmail dot com

August 20, 2010 12:52 PM  
Blogger A. J. Spindle said...

Hmmm... My worst meal would be when I ate at a local mexican restaurant. After finishing the meal, I decided to take one last sip of my freshly refilled Dr. Pepper. I put the cup to my lips and drank. Since my mouth was on fire from the hot sauce, I took an ice cube from my drink and stuck it under my tongue. WIthin seconds, I tasted something funny. There was something squishy and warm in my mouth. I rolled it over my tongue, trying to figure out what it was, but was stumped. I spit it out in my napkin and saw *brace yourself* A FLY! I fly had landed in my drink and I didn't see it because it was so dark it matched the color of my soda! It completely ruined the whole meal!! I didn't eat there for another two months and the very next time I went, I had water. Just as I brought my cup to my lips... ANOTHER FLY DIVE BOMBED MY DRINK! Luckily I saw it that time and requested a new cup. Now when I think of eating at that place again, I get chills down my spine!

August 20, 2010 12:59 PM  
Blogger A. J. Spindle said...

OH, and my email is ajspindle(at)yahoo(dot)com

August 20, 2010 1:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel Yarbrough said...

The worst meal I ever had, I'll admit, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I was on my senior trip to Italy/Greece/Turkey & I was told to try some moussaka. Being the adventurous sort, I decided to get a big helping of this mystery dish that looked a lot like lasagna. Little did I know this dish included eggplant ( which I now know I hate ) & it's supposed to be served piping hot ( mine was room temperature ) - needless to say - it was awful.

Then, I somehow managed to eat al la carte in a gas station; our tour bus was required to stop at them every 4 hrs. as per Italian law. They were nice though as they'd been built semi-recently for the 2004 Athens Olympics. I digress though, got a huge helping of what I thought was cheesecake, turned out to be a huge hunk of Brie cheese.

& this last doesn't fit in the food category but it's a word of caution, if you're a light-weight drinker, never drink chocolate liquor at a wine/pottery shop in Naples, Italy.

Rachel.Melinda.Yarbrough@gmail.com

August 20, 2010 1:02 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

My worst meal was getting uncooked chicken mcnuggets at McDonald's. Umm... yeah. Nuff said.

August 20, 2010 1:38 PM  
Blogger alaska. said...

So apparently I'm weird, because I love things like oysters and squid and managed to get through a three week trip to China and Tibet without eating anything that made me want to gag. (Though I will say, Yak meat is pretty interesting.)

But the worst meal I ever had was probably due in part to the anticipation leading up to it. I have this rotten job, but every time we have a show (it's an art gallery), the director takes us out to dinner with the artist. So we are going to one of the best Italian restaurants in town, and I'm all excited because a) free food, b) I'm half Italian and c) they have gnocchi on the menu!

so I order it, and they even split the sauces for me, so i can have pesto and the gorgonzola cream sauce they are famous for.

I know I'm spoiled with my Italian food, but these gnocchi were under cooked and tasted like they were store bought. I could actually feel the ridges from where they were broken apart. I hadn't eaten all day because we were working the show, I was so excited, and these things were so so terrible. I can't even.

Plus I had to pretend to love it! Especially since I was saying how excited I was to try the gnocchi . . . man, never again!

anotherjuxtaposition [at] gmail.com

August 20, 2010 1:51 PM  
Blogger Crazy for words said...

Such a hard question for me. There isn't much I don't like or won't willingly try. Reading through some people's comments I had to laugh because Menudo, Escargot, Squid, I like all that stuff.

But because of that, I'm the guinea pig. I had to suffer through my mom's eggplant experiments, souffle experiments, and whatever concoctions she'd try to make. But the worst thing I think I've had to eat was Split Pea Soup.

I hate peas and hate ham. But my mom and my grandpa love Split pea soup. So my grandpa made it one night for dinner and I was told I had to eat it. I tasted it and wanted to gag. The texture and flavor of peas is what's gross to me. So mashing them up and adding ham is not any better. I discovered that night how to shovel food into the back of your mouth and swallow so you don't taste it. Because I wasn't allowed to leave the table until I ate finished it.

-Em
megan[DOT]salgado@gmail[DOT]com

August 20, 2010 1:54 PM  
Blogger A. J. Spindle said...

By the way, I feel your pain. I've had brunswick stew... But I didn't know it was squirrel meat at the time. It was HORRIBLE!!

August 20, 2010 6:32 PM  
Blogger Maxi said...

My worst meal is snails even though it's popular it gave me a horrible stomache i was going on a trip i was so close to turning green lol i thanks so much for the contest btw :D i don't like snails because it 's a incect and it look disgusting

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August 20, 2010 8:22 PM  
Blogger Flippin' Fabulous- A Reader's Record said...

My worst meal ever was my first holiday meal moving to the South from the west coast. I was (happily) used to a moist turkey then everything else was from the box or a can. I reluctantly fill my plate as I'm told it is no different then what I'm used to, just homemade. I agree and dig in despite the fact I have no potatoes b/c they only made sweet potato somethin-or-other or no cranberry sauce because they had some jamISH stuff. I take a bit of turkey with gravy and get a spongy bite of something. Then someone giggles and calls its gizzard. I give a quizzical look, then throw up when I'm told what 'gizzards' are. Yup. Nice way to meet the family. I mean, really, my mom always bought a turkey that was already cleaned out. I thought they all came that way ;-)

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August 20, 2010 9:44 PM  

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