Welcome to the place where your two bloggers ask each other one question each week. We hope you enjoy them as your learn a bit more about us – sometimes we even learn more about each other!

Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: What would you say is the grossest thing you ever ate?

A: I am not sure what the grossest thing I’ve ever tasted is because I will have spit it out and wiped my memory clean of such an atrocity, but a couple of meals come to mind that I actually ate. Once I was treated to a birthday dinner by a friend and ate a chicken dish that was absolutely heavy with tarragon, but I was in a social situation and choked down the whole dish as to not seem ungrateful. There was another time that my late best friend Jan treated me to dinner. We were at a professional conference and she was so happy about getting to spend the time together that she announced she was treating me to dinner at the resort restaurant. I ordered the sea bass in white wine sauce. The problem was, the fish wasn’t completely cooked. I didn’t want to disappoint, so I didn’t complain, and I choked down as much as I could only leaving behind the most offending parts of the dish. I love sushi, but not sushi by surprise!

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: Have you ever been in a social situation where you ate something you detested anyway, or are you willing to speak up and save yourself?

A: It would depend on the situation. If it were at a restaurant like in one of the examples you gave above, I would speak out if the food was undercooked or tasted awful. If a friend was treating me, I’d like to think that that friend would understand that it was the fault of the restaurant, not theirs.

If it were a dinner party at the home of a friend or family member, I would certainly exercise more restraint and find a way to tactfully move the food around the plate or hide it in a napkin that I could throw away discretely rather than hurt the feelings of my host.

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