For most self-declared food lovers, a dish of spaghetti is more than just noodles and sauce. It’s an edible masterpiece. For us, food is a passion, and it’s a passion we’re constantly trying to fuel.
Some of us do this by coming up with sweet food hybrids like the sushi burrito, buying all the newest high-tech kitchen gadgets, and getting a little too excited about the latest food trends that are going on. We love literally everything about food, but not everyone shares in this love.
Having a best friend who’s a picky eater is one of those things that too many of us food lovers are forced to deal with. Not everyone can be as enlightened as we are about food. We should feel bad for them, really — they’ll never experience foodgasms like we food lovers do. As much as we love our best friends, their selective eating habits can create struggles for us as well.
1. Deciding on where to eat is a process and a half.
You may as well give up now and order pizza because you’re not going to find a place that you’ll both like. You wanted to try that cool new Vietnamese restaurant? Nice try. Your friend won’t be able to get spaghetti there.
2. Ordering something as simple as pizza becomes an ordeal.
According to your friend, anything other than cheese should not be a topping. You finally decide on getting a different topping on each half, but watch out if one of your mushrooms ends up on their half. You’ll never hear the end of how “fungus is not meant to be eaten.”
3. When you do eat out together, you can’t help getting embarrassed about what they order.
After feeling super awkward while watching them ask the waiter to explain what every single ingredient is in every single meal, they end up ordering chicken fingers…from the kid’s menu.
4. They don’t understand the importance of spices and herbs.
Admit it: Your spice cabinet has become one of your proudest and most prized possessions, and for a good reason. Your friend clearly doesn’t get this though, because, “why would you need coriander, rosemary, or thyme when you have salt?”
5. You have extremely different views on what constitutes ethnic food.
Dim sum, tapas, sushi, curry — you have a deep appreciation for food from all around the world. To your friend, lemon chicken at the food court is about as ethnic as it gets, and even that’s a stretch.
6. You can never go grocery shopping together.
While you’re still gawking over the gorgeous vegetables in the produce section and getting inspired about dishes you could make with them, your friend is already finished. They got their pasta, potatoes, and chicken. They’re good to go.
7. You get into arguments over the dumbest things.
Like how annoying it is that they won’t eat certain foods because of the texture, how stupid it is that they refuse to try anything that has coconut in it, or how they’ve sworn off ever trying any type of seafood. Thanks a lot, Finding Nemo.
8. You have to deal with them always questioning your food choices.
If you had a dollar for every time your friend asked why you eat such weird things, you’d probably have enough to afford every one of these ridiculously expensive foods.
It may have even gotten to the point that you wait until they’re not home to cook dinner because you can’t stand them making nasty faces and gagging noises over your steaming pot of vegetable risotto one more freakin’ time.
9. You constantly attempt to get them to try new foods.
And you constantly fail. And you finally give up. And you will never understand how someone could never want to eat so much food that is just so good.