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  • #16
    Originally posted by AyaPapaya View Post
    The memories are always so much better than the real thing. I have awesome childhood memories revolving around 'junkfood time' with my Dad.
    Yep, same here. My dad and I had lots of food traditions when I was a kid, mostly revolving around junk. Our favorite was to each have two Devil Dogs with a big glass of skim milk. I had a Devil Dog a few months ago and... dear god, they are DRY! It's like eating a mouth full of chocolate chalk with a white goop that makes every crumb stick to all of the surfaces of your mouth.

    Also, my mom and I had a tradition of any time my dad would be home late, we would get Taco Bell for dinner instead of cooking. I'd get a beef soft taco, a gordita or a chalupa, and a choco-taco. I gave up that stuff while in college, until a Taco Bell opened up on our student center. I got two beef tacos, ate them both, and promptly threw up within 10 minutes. Definitely not the same... but the memories of eating that junk with my mom make it look so nice!
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    • #17
      When I was a kid, Dad and I had a ritual: if I went with him on errands on Saturdays, we would eat at my favorite breakfast joint to ever exist- Norma's Cafe. (Fellow Oak Cliff or Dallas folks know the love for Norma's.) I went back there once while visiting my folks a year or so ago. The cinnamon rolls are just as decadent as they always were, but so much else of the food just tasted wrong. Yes, Geek was there, but Dad wasn't.
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      • #18
        Used to love Norma's for lunch. Haven't been since mid-90s. I love all those Oak Cliff places, Tejanos, the original Gloria's, Bishops Grill on smothered steak day.... I don't work in the hood anymore, so never get back to those places.
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        • #19
          I loved Calle Dolce and The Spaghetti Warehouse before they went chain. I loved Vitto's before they went belly up. I still love El Ranchito, Kuby's, the Fish Shack and most of the Dallas institutions, especially the ones in my old stomping grounds.
          Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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          • #20
            Forgot Calle Dolce it was great. Don't know Vittos. I was a probation officer in those days, so it was fun to go to lunch with the judges and live the high life...well for a 22 year old. I got over saving the world, but I miss the people and lunches.
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            • #21
              Chocolate chips. Nestle. They tasted so good as a kid. Now I get the Giardellis, with 63% chocolate and snack on those. I got a bag of Nestle for the kids to make cookies, and I had one and couldn't believe how bad they tasted. As a kid I remember getting Special Dark candy bars when camping and they were great. Now, they don't taste good to me at all.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                as a kid I don't ever remember walnuts giving an aftertaste ????? but they seem to now. Not sure why who how ?????
                The brown skin on walnut halves or pieces is full of tannins, a bitter compound. Supposedly it also contains phytates, an anti-nutrient. The way to remove the bitterness is to bring a pot of water to a boil, add the walnuts, bring them back to a boil, then let them sit for 5 minutes. Drain and throw away the nasty brown water, then dry them in a dehydrator or in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a dry place.

                Buy whole walnut halves or pieces. The chopped ones are usually rancid. When I worked in a bakery, my boss hated walnuts because they were "bitter". She was convinced her customers hated them, too. She always bought the nasty rancid kind that came already chopped. Gee, maybe there was a connection there?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by CrazyCatLady View Post
                  Chocolate chips. Nestle. They tasted so good as a kid. Now I get the Giardellis, with 63% chocolate and snack on those. I got a bag of Nestle for the kids to make cookies, and I had one and couldn't believe how bad they tasted. As a kid I remember getting Special Dark candy bars when camping and they were great. Now, they don't taste good to me at all.
                  A lot of chocolatiers (and I use that word loosely) have changed their recipe. I used to love Hershey's Milk Chocolate (even after going Primal - an occasional treat when I visited my friends in PA), but it just tastes like crap these days... two things that stand out to me as making a difference in taste: PGPR and HFCS... anything with PGPR is ruined to my palate, and HFCS just tastes different than sugar to me.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                    The brown skin on walnut halves or pieces is full of tannins, a bitter compound. Supposedly it also contains phytates, an anti-nutrient. The way to remove the bitterness is to bring a pot of water to a boil, add the walnuts, bring them back to a boil, then let them sit for 5 minutes. Drain and throw away the nasty brown water, then dry them in a dehydrator or in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a dry place.

                    Buy whole walnut halves or pieces. The chopped ones are usually rancid. When I worked in a bakery, my boss hated walnuts because they were "bitter". She was convinced her customers hated them, too. She always bought the nasty rancid kind that came already chopped. Gee, maybe there was a connection there?
                    Thanx eKatherine, I shall remember that in future
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                    • #25
                      I grew up surrounded by a family of canners/preservers/picklers. My Grandma always went to Deterings Orchards in Harrisburg OR to buy big boxes of windfall peaches...which are of course peaches so ripe and lovely, they've dropped off the tree. She just cut out the bruised bits. So of course I always thought peaches were amzing...til I moved out on my own and spent way too much money on some very seductive appearing peaches at the store...and I was sooooo disappointed!

                      Same with tomatoes. The Grandparents always had a big garden of basics, lots of tomatoes included because Grandma canned those. So in tomato season, dessert many times was to head out to the garden with a salt shaker and eat fresh ripe real tomatoes.

                      Candy bars stopped tasting as they should around the late 80's. Must've been when all the recipes changed.

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                      • #26
                        When I was a kid, milk changed taste depending on the season. I remember it having a faint oniony taste when all the wild onions were shooting up.

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                        • #27
                          For me the big one is milk. As a kid I remember it tasting like, well, milk and much like Danni's experience the taste changed with the seasons and the different forage they were eating. I stopped drinking milk as a teen and didn't give it much thought, just figured I was growing out of it or something. Then in the last couple of years I've been able to get my hands on organic non-homogenized cream line milk and wow, what a rush back into childhood. THIS is what milk is supposed to taste like and dang is it good. Regular supermarket milk is disgusting by comparison and it's no wonder I stopped drinking it 30 years ago. It was flavorless. Also, candy in general doesn't hold appeal for me as an adult. I don't know if it's because it actually tastes different or because it's just gotten too sweet for me as I've gotten older.

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                          • #28
                            Unforetunately, when I was a teen, I drank tons (6 - 10oz bottles a day) of Mt. Dew. I gave up all sodas about 4-5 years ago. But when I saw an ad for Mt. Dew Throwback a year or so ago, I tried one.
                            OMG! Like drinking syrup! But it had the taste that I remembered before they replaced the sugar with HFCS.
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