Here I’m talking about some food item you became aware of without actually eating it, as in from novels or movies, and all the mentions made it sound wonderful and you were super eager to try it. And then, possibly years later, you finally got to eat this marvelous thing… and you reaction was something on the spectrum from “ugh!” to “meh.”
As a school child I grew up reading English books and tons of them included loving descriptions of the wonders of tea. Well, not the tea so much, as the glorious items that got served along with it. Whether at Tea Shops or served by livery-clad retainers in Great Houses or just school kids over there salivating over sneaking treats at their schools. Everyone raved over how marvelous it was, and I was consumed with envy.
Fast forward to college days when I came across an announcement that a hotel in the nearby city would now be hosting ‘proper’ English teas on weekends. I headed there the first weekend I could talk my roommate (she had a car, unlike me) into sharing this delight with me.
The magically named fairy cakes are just ordinary cupcakes. Scones are just rather crumbly but sweeter biscuits. Most disappointing of all were the crumpets. Really?? THOSE are what Lord Peter and a million school kids slavered for? :mad:
I apologized to my roomie for dragging her there.
So, how about the rest of you? What untasted food got built up in your mind into ambrosia, only to have the reality leave you crushed?