Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top Ten Banned Foods

Today's post started, innocently enough, with a tweet. As usual, I was complaining about something. In this case, it was a nasty smell coming from a coworker's desk.

I noted that certain foods should be illegal in a closed office setting. Immediately, people started to agree. And what I discovered is that certain items are universally disliked by anyone who sits at a desk all day.

Here's what I came up with, with the help of my twitter followers. Notably, JustStam had a number of additions.

Here goes:

10) Anything with Tabasco sauce in/on it.

9) Goat cheese, or, for that matter, any stinky cheese. (If you don't know what I mean, ask a french friend.)

8) Burnt popcorn.

7) Egg salad.

6) Anything flavored with vinegar (even chips!) Specifically, balsamic vinegar.

5) Indian food. Definitely the worst of the ethnic cuisines, though a special mention should be made for chinese food before a certain hour, say, 11:30 am.

4) Raw onions.

3) Tuna.

2) Sardines.

1) Herring. No joke, people in my office eat this. I have considered filing a sexual harassment complaint, because obviously no woman in the world can stand the sight, smell or taste of it.

What foods make you cringe when a coworker pulls it out?

10 comments:

Sun inside Rain said...

Gefilte fish.

Cholent on a Wednesday afternoon (gotta assume it's leftovers from Shabbos!).

Anonymous said...

Well, depending on what they are serving that day, I sometimes get nauseated by the smell of the cafeteria at work (some kinds of non-kosher meat have a distinct smell, I guess). I usually stay away from the cafeteria anyway because I eat lunch at my desk. But I do remember sitting at a wedding once and I had to get up and remove a dish of garlic pickles (stuck it at a table with nobody seated yet) because I couldn't take the smell.

Soul Comfort said...

Egg Salad is definitely one of the worst for me. Though some foul smelling tofu comes in at a close second.

Brochi said...

What about food that should be banned for their awful sound? Apples, salad, chips, popcorn, nuts, slurping coffee, popping gum... Why eat at your desk at all! Ick!

Brochi said...

What about food that should be banned for their awful sound? Apples, salad, chips, popcorn, nuts, slurping coffee, popping gum... Why eat at your desk at all! Ick!

D said...

I like herring, and I am female.
I like tuna, too.
yuck on the Indian food.

Princess Lea said...

I eat sardines.

And I enjoy it.

Ha.

Frayda said...

Burnt popcorn is similar to my issue. My coworker uses the toaster oven to melt cheese on bread. The cheese drips onto the floor of the toaster oven and burns with each additional use. The whole office smells of burnt cheese. Yuck!

Sora said...

Being pregnant, I find a lot of smells repugnant that never used to bother me. I recently moved in to a new office and on the first day, one of the other women in the office brought in Chinese food for lunch and ate it in the conference room (which is right next to my desk). I thought I was going to vomit.

Then today, I made the mistake of bringing in a Greek salad for lunch. I enjoyed it, but I have a feeling anyone sitting nearby didn't appreciate it. (Nor did anyone who tried to stand near me this afternoon.) Oops.

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