Taste Test

Happy Back To Normal It's Like The Holidays Were Never Here.

I hope you had a nice New Year's celebration and didn't build it up too much in your head so that you were later disappointed.

That has never happened to me.

My twin and her kids spent New Year's Eve with my parents.  They went to Olive Garden for dinner and then they went to see the movie "Parental Guidance".  Yes, I wanted to go with them.  Badly.  That's my kind of New Year's Eve.

Instead, I made a commitment to go to my friend's house and participate in a Hell's Kitchen Blind Taste Test competition.  

Exhibit A:

This is my friend.

And this whole thing was her idea.  So I feel justified in putting this picture out in Blogland.  Not to mention, you can't really see her, what with the blindfold (which was a Zorro mask so we drew eyes onto duct tape in an Ellen fashion) and headphones.

I was very very very afraid to participate in this competition - mainly because I'm a picky eater.  And I like to win.  And I don't like vegetables or weird food or fancy food or grown up food.  So I said there's no freaking way I'm going first politely asked who was going first.

My friend and her hubby volunteered for the first round.  It was girls against guys.

They had to taste test five items (bite size portions).  They couldn't see or hear a thing.

Here were their five items (determined by our self appointed judge, named Jeff, who wasn't me because I didn't know that was a job I could have had!):  Gummi bear, Snickers bar, white chocolate covered pretzel, cinnamon pita chip, and a Cheeto (I checked the spelling online and then when that didn't look right, I checked on the actual bag in my pantry, and that's how it's spelled, FYI).

Again:  Gummi bear, Snickers, white chocolate covered pretzel, cinnamon pita chip, and a Cheeto.

Well, HOT DOG, I thought!  I can DO this competition!  Those five items are basically the five food groups in my diet!

So I pushed my friends out of the way, tore the blindfolds off their faces and the headphones off their ears volunteered my hubby and I to go second.  

And, people, I got played.

Here were our five items:  cashew (I said almond), cantaloupe (I said pineapple), a craisin (I said raisin), mozzarella cheese (I said mozzarella cheese because I have eaten so much of that stuff that I could be wearing a blindfold, headphones, earplugs, winter coat, and be hanging upside down, and I would still get that right), and a raw potato.

A raw potato.


It wasn't fried first or dipped into ranch dressing.  Nor baked and slathered in butter and cheddar cheese.  I almost didn't recognize it.

Because it was RAW.

I might as well have been a contestant on Fear Factor or Survivor, and that raw potato might as well have been a scorpion or some disgusting part of an animal or bug or tree or plant that no one would ever-eat-ever for the way I carried on about it.

I did get it right, though.

Two out of five isn't so bad, is it?

At least I survived with my life.  And taste buds still intact.  Barely.

The hubby got four out of five.  He missed the craisin.

There were 5 rounds (5 couples) and it was a tie.

So the first couple went one more time in a sudden death match.

And the guys won.

It was actually really fun and I laughed a lot.  But it will be a long time coming before I can look at a potato again.  


I think I'm having post traumatic stress disorder.

I'm going to go lie down.  You talk amongst yourselves and let me know if you've ever done anything like this before.  And, let me warn you, having headphones on your head while eating does make you think a cantaloupe is a pineapple even if everyone around you tells you that you are crazy and how could you not get that?     


  1. What a fun New Year's!!

    I'm so picky and not brave at all so I admire you for trying! :)


  2. Crying! :D
    THIS sounds like lots of fun. Even though you were traumatized and all. :D

  3. This is probably one of my top posts that you have ever written. You have an amazing knack for telling stories like we are all right there with you. I would have loved being there to witness this contest. I really want to host one next year it seems like so much fun. Have you ever seen Total Blackout? That show is probably the funniest thing I have ever seen. Season 1 Episode 1 made me cry I was laughing so hard. You have to go watch it now!

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    1. Thank you!! :)
      I have to check out that show . . . :)

  4. Love this !!!!!! Love listening to you :)

  5. That does not sound like fun to this picky, food allergy burdened, big fat chicken when it comes to trying to new things girl. I'm feelin' sad about the way your year started...but you did say it was fun, right? Oh dear...
    Happy 2013 friend!

    1. It was super fun!!! I'm just being dramatic! :)

  6. What a fun New Year's Eve party. As soon as you got to raw potato, I was brought back to one of my favorite movies...I posted the clip for you. Skip to the halfway part and you will see a "reenactment from Gone With the Wind."


    Chickadee Jubilee

  7. I had to come over here right after work this evening to see if you posted! And you did! And you cracked me up, of course :) I think your foods were particularly hard, that's not fair!

  8. That sounds fun! But I'd wish for the first round of foods too. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have guessed raw potato!
    First Grade Found Me

  9. Ha! Sounds like a lot of fun! Glad you enjoyed it! 2 out of 5 is perfectly respectable! :)

  10. That really sounds like a lot of fun! I teach 4th grade and every year at the end of the year, we have a "Science Week". Basically it is a time when we get to do the fun stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else. Well one thing that the kids usually love is being blindfolded and holding their nose, then they get a bite of an apple and a bite of a raw potato. They can never tell which one is which!


  11. So funny. You had more excitement than me on your New Years.

  12. Oh my!! Nothin' like a raw potato to get the party started!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  13. Sounds like a blast! And yay for getting the reply to work!

  14. Haha! That sounds so fun and funny! I would love to do something like that with my friends, but I would be at least slightly scared about what I might eat.

    Compassionate Teacher

  15. Sounds like a fun party! I wouldn't be too grossed out eating all that stuff! I think I'm going to need to plan one of these! Carol

  16. Ok I like every form of potato except for potato that has been prepared with Nothing! That is just wrong. But you just gave me my dinner idea-I am going to make Cara's potato soup. Yum! Thanks Friend!

    Happy New Year!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  17. Apologies to you right from the start-that retelling made me laugh so hard the tears formed in my eyes. This is my last day of sitting in my pj's and blog hopping til noon because tomorrow-yes on a FRIDAY- my school begins classes for the next nine weeks. Thanks for your inspirations! HNY

  18. I don't trust my friends and family enough to let them blindfold me and put stuff in my mouthbonus- so you should get bonus points just for participating!!!
    Go Nutty With Me!

  19. Such a fun party idea. I kinda always volunteer to be 'score keeper' or 'the person that spins the twister thingie'. Very brave of you!

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  20. I've done those blind taste tests before...it's usually not the potato that gets me but the cheese. Blindfolded and no smell...cheese has a horrid texture! You are brave.

    Terri Izatt