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.


Cleaning grill

by 1Majikk1 2 hours ago

You clean the grill grates because all that charred burnt on hook is just nasty. You don't have to be a compulsive cleaner, you just have to be sanitary.

Uninvited guest

by Rascal1 20 days ago

We are having an informal party and my fairly new SIL has grown daughters who she always assumes is invited to everything our side of the family does so she invited one of them to our party. We ar...

Photos of food and restaurants

by LadyofTexas 4 months ago

I have noticed reviews of restaurants and specific dishes with accompanying photos. Often the photos are nauseating--half-eaten tacos, or a pile of pasta, or (ugh!) an unidentified drink that is g...

What one ingredient makes you immediately avoid a recipe?

by BethNH 5 months ago

I don't consider myself a picky eater but there are a handful of foods I avoid at all cost. When I'm reading through recipes I notice that if I see one of these foods I will immediately skip to th...

The Unruly Burger: where do you draw the line?

by gutreactions 2 months 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 ...

Is “foodie” a pejorative term, complimentary, or both?

by kelvin_of_ranard 3 months ago

I generally regard “foodie” to be a pejorative versus complimentary term, unless the intent is manifestly positive. I accept that having particular “tastes” in food or dress may be unusual to some...

Pepperidge Farm “Tahoe” White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

by Taralli 26 days ago

Been buying these cookies for a while from more than one store, but recently noticed a big change. White chocolate bits have become milk/dark chocolate bits, showing through on bottom of cookies. ...

First do no harm

by Hawashingtonian 2 months ago

Just saw this last night. One of the most painful things I've read. Here's a preview: "My landlord needed to fix the sink handle or something and asked if I had a knife, then proceeded to grab m...

Is Grocery Store Etiquette Dead?

by kelvin_of_ranard 3 months ago

When the butcher asked “who’s next?”, I turned to the man standing next to me and asked him. When the young woman obliviously blocks the aisle with her shopping cart and case of cheap beer, I sa...

The key to making ground turkey a great addition to your recipes? Bacon (like the real stuff, made from pigs).

by TokiyoRio 3 months ago

No, it's not a way to switch to ground turkey to reduce your saturated fat intake, but ground turkey has some advantages. It's a lot less expensive than ground beef, and it has a smaller environmen...

Restricting cell phone use at restaurants...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

I have noticed more and more restaurants posting signs restricting the use of cell phones in the dining room. Obsessive picture taking...non-stop texting, etc. How do you feel about this issue? Wou...

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

by K2000 12 years ago

There's a new Trader Joes by my house (Queens) and I've been there 3 times now. I like their food just fine, but at the checkout, the clerks always want to give me commentary about my groceries ...

Tight Cuisinart Lid

by Querencia 3 months ago

I had my old Cuisinart for forty years and never had the slightest problem getting the workbowl's lid on and screwed tight in place (necessary for it to turn on). This new one, I can't get the lid ...

Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers

by sfe6 4 months ago

I don't know if these have been discontinued, but there are posts here dating over 10 years back from people who couldn't find them. I have only found them on Amazon or Ebay for about $15 and up (w...

“Mexican” restaurants that don’t serve Mexican rice or pinto beans are not real Mexican food

by Hericide 4 months ago

Why would you open a Mexican restaurant that serves only white or yellow rice, or even worse, that only serves black beans. I live in LA, and more and more I’m starting to see these ridiculous heal...

Nasty Battered French Fries

by Pitbullchow 3 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...

"Seedless" watermelon?

by LadyofTexas 4 months ago

First and last so-called seedless watermelon for me! It's watermelon season here in Texas, and I foolishly bought a seedless melon. Instead of nice big black seeds that are easy to remove, this mel...

A Mess of Black Pepper

by tmalleman 4 months ago

Please help me with my marriage! A couple years ago, my wife began drawing my attention to the little layer of black pepper that surrounds the front burners of our stove after I’m done cooking. Not...