Mind you, these aren’t things like mushrooms, where you know it should be gross. These are things that sound so appetizing that I keep ordering them again and again. Only to find that in nearly every instance, they’re a disappointment.
1. Polenta. I love rice, quinoa, pasta, couscous, grits – grains of all sorts and forms. Why is polenta so boring and devoid of textural interest? Dunno. But it is.
2. Roasted red peppers. Sounds elegant and rustic. Tastes slimey and goopy. Leave a red pepper un-roasted and it’s quite nice.
3. Scallops. Their aggressive flavorlessness – no matter how they’re seasoned, larded, wrapped or encrusted – makes them the most overrated food.
What’s on your list?