I'm just curious. When you say you "hate" something, what do you mean? Is it just a euphemism for "I prefer not to eat it, but will choke it down." Or, do you really mean "I'd prefer to throw the plate across the room then put a morsel of that vile substance in my mouth." Does the thought/smell of it cause true revulsion?
I ask as I see the phrase often used here, yet I would expect that a 'houndish love of food would mean not hating any food (or, at least, not any food that one has never tasted). I am not a big fan of smoked or pickled fish, but I'll eat it if placed in front of me. I may have used the H word to describe how I feel about it, but certainly in a jocular spirit.
What about when its applied to a place, or a whole class of restaurants/cuisines?
Basically, when you say "I hate ________," what are you saying??