I've Never Been a Spicy Kind of Guy

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  1. RickWA

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    Salt and pepper, maybe some oregano and garlic powder... good enough for me.

    And I have never liked "hot." I'm the guy who has always been "mild." Pace Picante Sauce Mild is as hot as I cared to go.

    About 20 years ago I had a co-worker who was Thai. One day he asks me if I would like to try some delivery Thai food for lunch. I say, "Sure." He then asks me what heat level I want, 1 to 5 stars. I tell him I should probably stick with 1. He orders level 5. So, we're sitting in the break room, eating this food, I'm feeling like I'm pushing it with level 1, and I look at this guy while he's eating... and he has got beads of sweat forming on his nose and forehead. :eek:

    I thought he was crazy. o_O

    But then, a couple months ago I was at a mini-mart grabbing a few things and happened to glance at one of the food racks and saw these:

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    Now, first of all, I have always thought that chicken wings were dumb. Way too much work for so little meat. But, I have heard all the hype about "hot wings." So, out of curiosity I grabbed a box, fired up the oven and cooked them up.

    They were hot! :confused: For me... They made my lips burn. But, I had to admit, while sucking air through my lips to cool them off, they were very tasty. And the meat was juicy and tender.

    I have since bought, and enjoyed, a few more boxes. :)

    About this same time, I had been watching some Youtube videos highlighting spicy foods and I began to become interested in this fascination with "spicy." In particular, is this show called Hot Ones.




    I continued my foray into spice. I kept hearing about this thing called "Adobo," and after a little web searching, decided to try it out by mixing my own.

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    Surprisingly delightful on a variety of things. :)

    And then... at the age of 60... I bought my first bottle of Sriracha.

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    Oh. My. God. I've been using it on everything. Chicken, beef, beans, broccoli, steamed cabbage and potatoes...

    I am far from being a hardcore pepper head, but dang... I'm starting to love the burn. :D
     
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    It’s a good time. I love franks red hot and Tabasco on everything lol
     
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    I love hot sauces, and Thai food also. Sriracha is great. I went to a local Thai place and ordered the hottest thing on the menu. The waitress asked me a few times if I was sure I wanted that because it is very hot and spicy. I still ordered it. It arrived and I was eating it, and an old woman, I'm assuming it was her grandmother, came over and asked me if I liked it. I said yes it's great. Then, in her Thai accent she said, "Ok, good, I no worry about you anymore." LOL!
     
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    Haha... can't tell you how many times I heard that in the Philippines. ;)
     
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    I have a small container garden in which I grow oregano, 2 types of basil, jalapeños and habaneros. I enjoy the best of both worlds. :)

    I do not care for stuff that is crazy hot but I love some hot spices
     
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    Hehehe... just made this. How to transform a boring minimart sandwich.

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    And soon @RickWA when asked how hot do you want it, your reply will echo mine, "Make me cry". Haven't found a restaurant that meets the challenge yet. Sadly, their hottest is just mild to me. No, I'm not crazy but I've been eating hot and spicy for most of my life.
     
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    I've never thought of food as spicy. It's just food. I'm glad you are enjoying it.
     
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    I like spicy when it's complemented by something else. Sweet and spicy, spicy and smokey for example.

    A few years back my son paid $35 for a bottle of Carolina Reaper sauce. It lasted a few years. A couple years ago I found a ghost pepper sauce for $3 a bottle that seems just as hot. I can't do it plain but a drop or two in ketchup goes well with fries.

    Not a big fan of plain tobasco either. Sriracha seems to have some sweetness to it but I've heard that depending on when they get their peppers there is a big difference in spice level between batches. Some seems hotter that others.
     
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    I like food about as hot as anyone is willing to serve it.

    At the Thai restaurants, when they ask “1 to 5?” I always say 5.

    I also keep ground chili peppers and hot sauces handy at all times.

    I like most of my food to hurt at least a little.
     
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    Welcome to the slippery slope.

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    At almost age 60 a bottle of red hot, cayenne pepper or Srirracha lasts me a lot longer than it used to. But I still keep the spices on hand. It's hard to stop entirely.
    And it's true you do feel more full after eating if eating spicy food, so it does have a good quality besides taste.
     
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    ‘Bought time you manned up!
    Enjoy!
     
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    I have taken to making my own. I like a mix of ghost and Trinidad scorpion add in some garlic and a normal sweet bell pepper. Blend it to a chunky consistency then ferment it for about 30 days. Then mix in about a cup of apple cider vinegar and blend to a fine paste. From there it can be strained but i prefer it thicker. the fermenting adds a lot of flavor and this mix has a great taste and a heat that builds then dissipates at just the right point.
     
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    Whoa! I think that ghost pepper sauce may just give me hiccups... my indicator of my limits.... not to say I don’t mind hiccups once in a while.
     
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    I think I've gotten used to it judging by how quickly I go through them. I've been eyeing Carolina Reaper sauce but haven't bought any yet. I kind of feel like I won't survive that but only one way to find out.
     
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    If it's well made it can usually be made to work well, especially with something cooling to get the unmixed salsa/sour cream effect.

    I have a bottle of the Last Dab Scorpion Edition, though. The flavor isn't bad, but it just hurts, it will last for 15 mins and there's nothing to do about it except ice water until it stops.
     
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    I like your attitude!
     
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    Man, that sounds good!
     
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    Once you get your bearings, with spicy....give Indian cuisine a try. If you're feeling froggy...try Pakistani food...hehe. you're welcome. Standing by, with the popsicles....

    Bart
     
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    Haha... indeed. :cool:

    Continuing with my experimentation... I've discovered that Mild Pace Picante Sauce with a splash of Sriracha makes for an excellent Cocktail Sauce.

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    And yeah, I'm working on my chopstick skills. :D



    Heh...

    One of my new favorite Youtube globe trotting "foodies" is this guy, Mark Wiens. He's a scrawny little dude, but holy moly can he pack away the spicy chow.

     
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    Oh, yeah... As I just previously posted, I've been watching a lot of global food videos. I'm totally fascinated by it. Would love to learn how to make some different kinds of dishes. :33:
     
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    I can't get good HOT wings where I live. I order the Volcanic, Atomic, extra hot, and others at various places, and they are never like the ones I had in Jamestown, NY on Chautauqua Lake. They were VOLCANIC.
     
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    I picked up a bottle of Sriracha sauce a year or so ago and I swear that the longer it sat in the fridge the hotter it got.
     
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    My understanding is that Sriracha doesn't need to be refrigerated. The peppers and the vinegar base are effective at killing bacteria, so it's ok to just leave it on a shelf or in a cupboard.
     
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    I let it go, it was going past enjoyable to painful if I used more than minimal.
     
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    Well, it's not like it's the most expensive thing in the world. :p

    I am seriously having a love affair with this stuff. Today's afternoon snack... leftover roast chicken wrap.

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    Somebody... STOP ME! :eek::confused:o_O
     
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    Try Sambal, puts siracha to shame:)
     
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    My morning scrambled eggs gets a healthy dose of Sriracha Sauce or I won't touch them. Yep, love me some Sriracha Sauce!!;) :dblthumb:
    Ramen + Sriracha :dblthumb:, Chili Con Carne+Sriracha, Mac 'n Cheese + Sriracha:dblthumb:!! Hooray!:dblthumb::35:
    Dominick..........
     
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    Aww man, I went to order a 5 oz. bottle ($4.50) and when checking out got the message that it needed to be a $15 minimum order. But I'm really curious about it, so I ordered it from Amazon for $8.15 with free shipping. :D

    Looking forward to it.

    So who is this Mamasan?
     
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    Serrano on breakfast eggs, blue agave sriracha on everything else. I’m 66 and have eaten hot stuff all my life, but the quantity has increased a lot with age. A bottle doesn’t last long around here.

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    I taste nothing 'hot'... all i feel is pain... starts at common black pepper, and gets no better with real heat.

    My 4 main spices are seasoned salt, bacon, mushrooms, and cream. I'll stay here, thank you.
     
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    I grew up in Buffalo. Most of the wings you find elsewhere are sub-par compared to the ones you get in Buffalo...like most regional specialties. Wings are usually much bigger as well. Heading back to the dorm after break(early 80's) I'd bring a bucket of hot wings that a place back home would make special for some of us. They had to empty the wing I dormed, no one could stand the hot smell let alone try one. Nowadays I seem to enjoy them less, not the intake...the other side of the coin.

    Try curry.
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    Owner of a Thai/Loa place nearby. Also have a Burmese restaurant where they will make you cry.
     
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    I literally can’t imagine eating without hot sauces. I started eating peppers when I was probably 10 or 11. Depends on where you grew up, I guess.

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    I totally get that. Been that way my whole life. Guess I'm just entering a new phase. o_O
     
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    i dont mind hot if the heat has flavor too many just go for hot with no real taste or too much molasses taste
     
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    Tapatio on cold pizza...

    Choulula red or green on eggs and pan fried potatoes...

    Sriracha on hard boiled eggs...
     
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    @Spork, we love Chipolte Choulula around here. On everything. I'm out right now though, which would be sad were it not for the Sriracha.

    This was breakfast this morning before the Young Roughains were up and at 'em: Northern Lights hot sauce from Pepper North, which is a local company. It's pretty mild, almost more of a thin green salsa. It's awesome on eggs!~

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    Yum!
     
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    FA1CD245-ED7B-48DD-AB29-9FB241FC2CF5.jpeg And to wash it all down....
     
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    Sounds like you could use a Mark Wiens T-shirt. ;)

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    Looks good. Do they sell it online?
     
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    There are a couple of places in Jamestown that serve great wings. Living in Buffalo we are spoiled with great wings, but even mediocre wings here are still better than most areas.

    The latest wings that I had recently and I’m still drooling over were called CRP, Cajun Ranch and Parmesan. It was a dry rub, but so incredibly good. Wings need to be crispy and these were very crispy.
     
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    Surprisingly refreshing, with a slight peppery finish. Best when ice cold.

    My Mexican friend, Ramon had purchased some yesterday and hadn’t read the label. Believe or not, he didn’t like the heat.
    I noticed in Mexico that many kids like a little chile on their watermelon, much like some people like a little salt.
     
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    I'm going to keep an eye out for that. I find spicy stuff helps me cool off in this heat and the kiddos wouldn't touch that stuff. Thanks! :D
     
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    I have a friend that's originally from Buffalo, and someday we're going to take a road trip to the Anchor Bar, and one other place that supposedly invented Wings, but I forget the name. Yes, I think the closer you get to Buffalo, the better the Wings! I don't remember the name of the dive bar on Chautauqua Lake, as it was a LONG time ago, but the Wings were great.
     

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