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    I hate spicy foods.. I cannot fathom the idea of why people like to eat HOT foods. For me, I find that spicy foods destroy my tastebuds and I cannot actually taste or enjoy what I'm eating. The only benefit I get from spicy foods is that my lips swell up and it looks like I was born with lips of a decent size.

    So please, patrons of spicy dishes.. enlighten me as to why you like them..
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    My lips don't swell, my tastebuds aren't destroyed. I don't just do hot for the sake of being tough, there has to be flavour too.
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    It depends what type of heat. I have definitely had dishes where it hits my lips and everything is unpleasant after that. But a good back of the throat heat is essential to most of my cooking (mostly because that's what I like). It's rare for me to make anything without red pepper flakes or my new favorite Siracha. If you like hotter foods, almost anything without some spice tastes kind of bland and un-fun.
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    There are a variety of spicy foods. Most of them are full of flavor, and not just spicy.

    There are certain things that I cannot eat, unless it is spicy.. And I have a nice size pair of lips, and eating spicy food doesn't make them swell.
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    I love it-spice of life! Love both Cajun hot & Mexican hot. The flavors behind the heat are different, but love them. Hot sauce is even good for colds! Love the more calm dishes too, but gimme the heat!
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    My sense of taste is somewhat boring and unadventurous but I don't think I will ever understand the spice lovefest. I'll blame it on growing up on bland English style cooking.

    Out of curiosity, do you find that the spiciness takes over from the rest of the flavours??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth View Post
    My sense of taste is somewhat boring and unadventurous but I don't think I will ever understand the spice lovefest. I'll blame it on growing up on bland English style cooking.

    Out of curiosity, do you find that the spiciness takes over from the rest of the flavours??
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    I think it depends.. I love spicy that hits the back of my throat and has a somewhat smoky flavor. Spice that burns my entire mouth is another story. I love chipotle, paprika, cracked peppercorns, cayenne, poblano/ancho peppers, etc when they're used in moderation but jalapenos and habaneros.. no way.

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    I'm pretty white when it comes to hot food.. once my eyes start watering, it's not fun. it doesn't enhance flavor, it just burns and destroys any flavor there was.

    Spice I like.. heat, not so much.
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    Chips & hot sauce?
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    My lips don't swell, my tastebuds aren't destroyed. I don't just do hot for the sake of being tough, there has to be flavour too.
    exactly. but i think there's also a kind of masochistic element i enjoy because i like really hot foods too. they also have to be well made and full of flavour but i do like a bit of burn. i love nothing more than a good indian or thai curry.
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    When the tastebuds get destroyed, like you said, I don't like it. I don't like the feeling of my mouth burning up or my eyes becoming watery and red. It doesn't feel nice. It depends on what I'm eating, I guess; though usually I don't crave it. And yeah, I don't consider non-spicey foods bland.

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    It's the chilli that gives the heat. There are lots of other spices that aren't "hot" at all, eg, corriander, cumin, turmeric, cardamon, etc. The right combination gives lots of flavour but shouldn't burn unless it has chilli in it too and even then you don't need much. Some people love chilli and I don't mind a bit of heat, but once it gets to the point where you can't actually taste anything else there's no point eating it.
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    My friend's husband lived in Indonesia for several years and ate really spicy food all of the time. Now, he literally has lost his normal sense of taste. He can't taste anything when my friend makes a lasagna or a roast or any other meal he used to really enjoy.


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    I like enough heat to feel some tingling on my tongue and even enough to have me reaching for my drink, but not enough that my eyes water and I have to fan my open mouth. But I don't equate 'spicy' with 'hot'. Indian curry is one of my favourite things ever- I love how the spices can turn bland ingredients into something eye-poppingly delicious- and some of it is not hot at all. Usually at Indian restaurants, I will order from the mildly or moderately hot sections. Once I sampled my husband's dish from the 'very hot' section and I thought I might have to be hospitalized. (OK, not really, but DAMN!) My husband enjoyed it, but I don't like pain.

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