Would you eat your dinner even if it didn't taste good?

United States
September 30, 2008 5:10pm CST
If you went to a friends home for dinner and her food didn't taste very good, would you eat it anyway, just to be polite? Would you refuse to eat and risk hurting her feelings? What would you do? What if it were your mother in law who had made dinner? Would that make a difference? Most likely I'd eat some of the food anyway and then say that I wasn't hungry cause I'd already eaten before.
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58 responses
• Canada
30 Sep 08
I would do my best to try and not be rude about the problem with the food, maybe stating that I had a stomach ache, or something. Unfortunately I'd have an even bigger stomach ache if i actually ate the ill-tasting food. I have a hard time keeping down anything that doesn't taste good, and the resulting event would be much more embarassing than telling the truth.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
I like the stomach ache idea. Not that I'd want stomach ache. But telling a little white lie might save a few hard feelings.
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@AmbiePam (49126)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I would eat it. Growing up we went to so many other people's houses, just as we hosted a lot of families over at our house to eat. My mom taught me to eat whatever they fixed. She said if I took a little bit of everything it might be easier to eat. If I got sick on the first bite she advised me to kind of move the food around to hide the fact that I didn't eat one particular item.
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• United States
1 Oct 08
Clever mom!
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Well nobody has ever accused me of being polite, lol. So chances are I would say something about the horrible cooking. Most especially if it was my mother in law, since I can't stand that woman to begin with. But now that you mention it I remember recently I was at a friend's for dinner. The food wasn't horrible... just bland. The kids didn't eat a bite of it, and I had trouble eating it. But there was nothing wrong with it, she just didn't spice it up like I always do. It had to be the first time in my life I ever experienced the real taste of pot roast. I'm sticking with my spices!!
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Oh, you're so right! Meats are not usually too tasty by themselves. Don't know where I'd be without my spices.
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• Canada
30 Sep 08
that's a tough one! I once ate at someone's house and one of the items was pasta salad, which normally I love. I was enjoying it until I had a bite of shrimp which I detest, for a minute (felt like 10) I had the shrimp in my mouth and felt like I was on the show "Fear Factor" just trying to swallow it without gagging. Eventually I had to discreetly spit it out in my napkin. I've learnt to be honest now and not try to force the food down. I usually explain that I'm a fussy eater and that I'm sure the food is really good but I'm not a fan it.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Honesty always allows a clean get away!
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@nana1944 (1367)
• United States
1 Oct 08
If I had never eaten at their house before I would take a small to try it. If anything were said I would tell the truth. The truth is it is the way I do at home. Take a small portion and eat it and then go back for another if I wanr it. I don't worry about the cooking at my home because my eldest grandson who is 22 lives with me and he is a very good cook. So I wouldn't be telling a mistruth.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I would eat whatever they gave me, as it is the polite thing to do. In the future though, I might turn down a request that I came to dinner, if it was a friend. If it was my mother-in-law, I would suffer through future dinners as well, just to please the family and my spouse
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Sep 08
hi beauty queen oh yes to avoid hurting their feelings I would eat the best of the worst food, and just say I wasnt feeling very Hungry. My mother in law was a fantastic cook so I would nt have to lie because her food was great. I never like to hurt someones feelings when they went to the trouble of cooking a meak and inviting me for dinner.
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
1 Oct 08
Well I opted for the white lie option and it sent everyone into a panic so if ever in the situation again I would just eat it. While at a friends house she fixed a seafood dinner that was awful. After a few bites I pulled the old "I'm sorry but I am just not feeling well, I think I'm not going to eat anymore in case I have a virus or something" Well everyone immediately went into medical emergency mode and thought I had developed the deadly seafood allergy and even tried to get me to go to the hospital. I finally convinced them that I thought it was just a virus and left and went home (seeing as I was sick and all) and they called me all evening long worried about me. So my advice is choke it down and make an excuse not to go for dinner the next time!
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• United States
1 Oct 08
OK! Lesson learned. I'll keep that advice in mind if ever the situation arises again. Thanks!
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
1 Oct 08
Hi Beauty..my response would be similiar to yours..and it was this weekend..hotdogs and Hamb. were made but the hamb. tasted weird so i ate some and wrapped it in a napkin and tossed in the trash..and said i wasn't really that hungry..went home and ate to make up for it..lol..
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• United States
1 Oct 08
Hamburgers are a real tricky food. If they taste weird, toss 'em! Good point. It's so easy to under cook a hamburger and get sick. Better safe than sorry.
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@GardenGerty (99477)
• United States
1 Oct 08
If I cared enough about someone to go to dinner at their home, I would care enough to choke down the food, as well. It might go with a lot of water or iced tea. I surely would not be asking for seconds, though.
• United States
1 Oct 08
And, sometimes, I think the dinner is more about the companionship and conversation than just the food.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I would eat some of it and then just say that I was not very hungry. I would not want to hurt her feelings.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
1 Oct 08
Well it depends on what kind of food it is because I cant eat any kind of food, but if its something I have eaten before but it just didn't taste good, I would do my best to eat as much as I could because Iv had a lot of pratice with eating food that taste bad, LOL but I wouldn't ask for a second helping.
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@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
1 Oct 08
Be it my friend/s or my mom in law I would still eat it. If it doesnt taste so good at all then I'd probably eat a few bites so it won't hurt their feelings.
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@lanlan011 (701)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I would eat the dinner but not all of it. I would just pick at it and cut it up into pieces and move the food to the edge to make it look like i ate alot. I would probably say I ate already and was sorta full. I wouldnt get a second helping.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I would eat what a could, then move the food around to make it look eaten!
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@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
1 Oct 08
I would do the same way like you. I would say I am not that hungry,but sure I will take a few bites,just for the sake of manner. I think it's really hurtful if we refuse to eat the food which is cooked by someone. We need to show our courtesy by taking some of the food,but give some good excuses to avoid hard feelings to the one who have cooked the food.
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
2 Mar 09
Well Personally I will eat it and say nothing I will not hurt her feelings, and also I will be embarrased to tell her. I would imagine that she had spend hpours cooking and then she will sure get hurt.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
2 Mar 09
When I am invited out to a friends house and I say yes to their invitation I would never be that rude to them by not eating what they served. Even if I don't like it all' I will just take the things I do like and if there is nothing I like I take a little bit of the main course items to be polite. The way I see it is it won't kill me to eat it so why would I want to hurt their feelings by not eating it. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
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@amoisan (240)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
yes i ate my sister inlaws cooking yesterday and it was gross but to spare her feeling i ate it and did not say anying because it was her first time cooking and i dont think everyone can be perfect the first time they try to cook.
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@samijo719 (1054)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I would try my best but I wouldn't like make myself sick over anything. I would obviously be as polite as possible and not want to hutr anyones feelings. I think Iwould do something along the same lines as what you said. Throw some away and make an excuse about not being hungry.
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