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food that tastes person-like

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food that tastes person-like

Gabriel Solis | Apr 27, 2001 11:57 AM

I'm not sure how to phrase this question (I've been thinking about it for years and asking people in various ways and never seem to get it quite right). Does anyone else have the experience of thinking that certain foods taste, for lack of a better way of putting it, human?

For instance, I've always thought that salty lassi tastes like a bodily fluid. Not a specific one; that is, it doesn't taste like blood or sweat or whatever, but rather it tastes as though it is a thing that comes from the body. Likewise I ate a pig-foot and okra stew at a local Ivorian place recently that tasted musky in a way not entirely unlike pheremones smell.

I should make it clear that I don't find this unplesant in any way. Quite the contrary, lassi is one of my favorite things and moreover I generally like the heady, intense experience of musky flavors. But I haven't found anyone else who either a) has this experience, or b) seems to like it as much as I do. I think this may be because I'm not explaining it well, but that might not be it.

Gabriel

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