About 4 years ago the BF and i were at an "upscale" restaurant (for the area we were in) for a NYE dinner. I can't even remember the dish, but at the first bite we simultaneously looked up at each other in disgust. It tasted like mold. We called the waiter over, and asked what herbs were used in the dish (it wasn't a dish that would "likely" accidentally have mold - not cheese, not mushrooms). He went and checked with the kitchen and said marjoram and thyme. We told him the seasoning tasted strongly of mold. The waiter said something about the combination of these herbs were supposed to taste like this. He also quite ridiculously told us that we must have "similar palates" - um, yeah, our ultra-refined palates can detect mold!
A few months ago, had a pizza at one of my absolute favorite upscale pizza places in the Bay Area - went with a chef friend - and that was the first time neither of us absolutely loved their pizza. listed on the menu for that pizza - marjoram. Yesterday I bought some homemade soup from a local vendor - a mushroom cream - and the first sip brought back that same musty, moldy memory of that NYE dinner! BF tried it too - same reaction. I'm pretty sure it had marjoram in it.
So ok, maybe we just really dislike marjoram - but is it really supposed to taste.... moldy? i've never had fresh, is that any better? Is it like cilantro, where some people experience the taste as soapy and others don't?
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