Pet Peeves

Go on, tell us what you hate. Confess your food-related pet peeves here and meet some Chowhounds who feel the same way. Commiseration is the name of the game.


Pandemic price increases: real or contrived?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

It is getting ridiculous out there! Go market shopping and you will find meat prices going north; cherries ranging from $2.99 to a whopping $14.99; artichokes, 2 for $3.99 to 1 for $4; rhubarb from...

Cook Friends/Family Who Keep Secrets

by kaleokahu 3 months ago

I just posted a recipe-specific thread on Home Cooking, but I thought I'd also post here about close friends and family who make certain dishes really well, but who won't share the secrets to their...

Food staff touching the rim of your glass/cup?

by seefoo 3 months ago

it doesnt derail my day by any means. but ever since my late teens, when i took a food handling course i immediately notice it when someone handles my drinking vessel by the lip. i cannot recall ...

'Manhattan-style': what does this mean exactly?

by gutreactions 9 months ago

You hear this expression so often attached to descriptions of restaurants and their menus. I think the label is often meant to lure customers in. Might work if you are an out-of-towner. But what is...

Best way to navigate a Buffet?

by gutreactions 2 years ago

I will be visiting restaurants and house parties that I know will be serving buffet-style. What's the best way to tackle it. After all these years, it's still all too easy to load up the plate with...

Food and Diet Foibles of Spouse/Significant Other/Partner

by mordylishus 7 months ago

Let's start with these links. Then after you tell me yours, I'll tell you mine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K557z.... Eddie Cantor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLxu3.... Holderness Fa...

Blue cheese differences? What is your favorite?

by mushroomaffairs 6 months ago

I'm used to eating gorgonzola. I bought roquefort but I don't like it and just saw the label that it's sheep's milk cheese. I thought I was eating goat's milk cheese which I can't stand. Anyway ...

Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

by HighHeels 9 years ago

I am just gonna take a second to vent. I love to cook. I enjoy trying hard things that some people would steer clear of. And I love learning from others, like here. But I have family who just do...

New Look, Same Great Taste

by Mike R. 8 months ago

Bought some great-tasting snack-food products I've enjoyed for decades. At a most-welcomed promo price of two boxes for $6.00, plus a buck off each box with manufacturers' weekly paper / "shopper"...

Accoutrements? No, they are accompaniments!

by janetms383 5 years ago

Gee, I am so sick and tired of hearing self-proclaimed food experts using the term "accoutrements" to describe the avocado and cheese with which they are topping their chili. Those are accompanimen...

Eating pizza with knife & fork: what's the problem?

by gutreactions 9 months ago

I have extracted this issue from an unrelated discussion on these boards. There are those 'purists' out there that continuously rant about eating pizza with a knife & fork. Ok, I know that's what w...

An Embarrassment of Riches

by alexrander 11 months ago

Two items struck me: Stock brokers (wealth managers) are inviting clients to learn of the joys of cooking at home, and 2) The governor of California is seen cavorting with other officials including...

Ketchup stains on my facemask...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

We have been going out for meals sporatically as the pandemic restrictions are relaxed in the greater New York City area. We are careful about it. On one occasion, while working on an order of frie...

Nasty Battered French Fries

by Pitbullchow 5 years ago

What is this horrible trend of restaurants serving these French fries that are either called; Battered, coated or seasoned ? What happened to the good ole fashioned all potato French fry ? Upon d...


by Querencia 1 year ago

When my 40 year-old Cuisinart cracked I replaced it last year with a new one but I have never been able to use it because the lid is so tight it it won't turn and fit (necessary to make the motor e...

"After our oysters, we'd like to order waffles!"

by gutreactions 1 year ago

Ok, so maybe I should mind my own business, but we were sitting down for brunch at a popular spot in Annapolis during our recent trip and noticed the table next to us. They started with a round of ...

Pizza Pet Peeve - Do You 'Blot' the Top of The Pizza With a Paper Towel or Napkin?

by treb 1 year ago

With a lot of pizza being consumed these days, I've been with some folks who will blot the top of their pizza slice with a napkin or paper towel. There's one particular pizza that I order that ...

The Unruly Taco: where do you draw the line?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

The other day were at a new Mexican restaurant and ordered 4 different tacos. They came out overstuffed with product. That's fine, they were darn good. Problem is eating them was an unwieldly proce...

The Unruly Burger: where do you draw the line?

by gutreactions 2 years ago

I like a good burger like the next person, sometimes piled high with layers of toppings. The other day, I ordered an 'award winning' towering burger at a friendly local tavern. When it was brought ...