I know that many foods, such as Thai and Mexican, go hand in hand with spice and plenty of heat. How much of that heat can you tolerate before you realize that it actually alters the natural flavors of the food? In other words, how spicy hot can it be before you chug down an entire pitcher of water?
I've tried some dishes that are so hot that I simply have not been able to enjoy the food. Does one have to learn the art of appreciating extreme heat, or is my palate not sophisticated enough to enjoy such meals?