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May 7, 2013 5:21 PM   Subscribe

First Taste - slow motion reactions of children trying foods such as anchovy, Vegemite and olives for the first time. [from TEDxSydney]
posted by UbuRoivas (54 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, the look of abject betrayal in the eyes of some of those children.
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:37 PM on May 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


HUGE fan of the "why, why hath you forsaken me?" look of accusation mixed with apprehension, confusion, and/or betrayal from most of the kids, but the triumphant happy dance that was delivered in response to regular old yogurt is a definite winner. Great music, too! Needed to watch something light today, thanks for this.
posted by divined by radio at 5:38 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


The olive was great. OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THIS IS...actually pretty good! Hey!
posted by xedrik at 5:42 PM on May 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Heh, my little one liked lemon. Oh sure, he made the puckered face yet helped himself to more.
posted by maggieb at 5:46 PM on May 7, 2013


Anchovies are great! Why are you so dumb, kid?! Don't waste that anchovy, give it to me.
posted by curious nu at 5:49 PM on May 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


"Baby tasting lemon" is one of my favorite YouTube search terms.
posted by painquale at 5:51 PM on May 7, 2013


I still get offended when anyone tries to suggest to me that olives are good. If I wanted the taste of salty foot sweat in my food I could just chop up the socks that I wear to the gym and sprinkle those on there. Ugh, olives. Gross.

I am weirdly totally in favor of capers, however.
posted by invitapriore at 5:52 PM on May 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Madeline Kahn and Gilda Radner: baby tasting ice cream for the first time.
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:54 PM on May 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


A now-retired colleague of mine from England insisted that I had to try Marmite. So he handed me a schmear of Marmite on matzoh.

I tried Marmite.

I gather that my facial contortions were spectacular.

(You can buy Marmite at my local Wegmans. Or, rather, you can, as I certainly am doing no such thing.)
posted by thomas j wise at 6:04 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


direct .mp4 link
posted by XMLicious at 6:04 PM on May 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Reminded me a bit of Malört Face, too.
posted by divined by radio at 6:06 PM on May 7, 2013


First Touch: Fire
posted by notyou at 6:09 PM on May 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


I just watched this at my work desk and hope none of my students were looking this way. I caught myself imitating all of the facial expressions as they went by. Anchovy-baby, I feel your pain!
posted by bethnull at 6:15 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of this short film by Jessica Yu (In The Realms of the Unreal), Sour Death Balls.
posted by cazoo at 6:23 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I'm pretty sure that marmite/Vegemite face is universal.
posted by JoanArkham at 6:27 PM on May 7, 2013


The pure joy of introducing your baby to new foods makes up for how they never cover their mouth when they sneeze, even if said mouth is open & full of food & you just got dressed for work. My partner gave our seven month old a speck of Wasabi a few weeks ago - she went bright red, screamed and then asked for more. I thought it was mean but then I also laughed. Parental love is complicated like that (the baby was fine).
posted by Wantok at 6:29 PM on May 7, 2013 [7 favorites]


How I was introduced to olives: I was told that they would taste terrible but that if I ate seven of them in a row I would love them forever, or possibly throw up and hate them forever. Eating my seven felt to my young self like an act of heroism, and it worked.

This gave me both a fondness for olives and a lifelong xenophile attitude toward food. If a whole culture loves to eat something, it's not just worth a try, it's worth seven tries to get past my initial discomfort to a place where I can see the good that others see in it.

Thanks mom.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 6:37 PM on May 7, 2013 [26 favorites]


I am weirdly totally in favor of capers, however.

That's because they taste a lot like cocaine.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 6:44 PM on May 7, 2013


First time (also the last time) I put my finger in an electrical socket...
posted by vidur at 6:52 PM on May 7, 2013


Olives and anchovies are great, but the first and last time I ate Vegemite... ugh.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 7:01 PM on May 7, 2013


Yeah, I'm pretty sure that marmite/Vegemite face is universal.

Well if you put it on a spoon and eat a gob of it, sure. The correct way to try vegemite is to toast a piece of your favourite bread, spread it with butter and then top it with a thin shmear of vegemite. Pure heaven.

Marmite? What's that? ;)
posted by prettypretty at 7:25 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Vegemite is good on Wasabi Peas, the hotness of the peas overrides the nasty aftertaste of the Vegemite.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:34 PM on May 7, 2013


That was so cute I got tears! My daughter loves cooked spinach- always has. Once when she was 4, I made her a little salad of fresh organic baby spinach leaves and other things. To this day, she said "remember the time you made me eat leaves?". Actually, I have to give the kid her due- she digs funky things. Black olives are a favorite as are certain pickles.
posted by PuppyCat at 7:44 PM on May 7, 2013


We've got two young kids who ask for vegemite on toast as a treat and the older one was eating lemon wedges from the first time he tried one. Serve them up roast potatoes and they look at us like we're trying to poison them. Juvenile taste buds are strange things.
posted by N-stoff at 8:08 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


"I pushed myself out of the birth canal for THIS SHIT?"
posted by Sara C. at 9:55 PM on May 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


My son loved strained peas as a baby. He even loved the organic jar version. But oh, the day I ran out during a trip and had to feed him Gerber's from a jar: the rejection and disgust triggered by that first taste, I had to give him a second spoonful so I could videotape it for his mom.
posted by davejay at 10:41 PM on May 7, 2013


Sorry, I can't get past the fact that they gave that poor girl vegemite on a spoon. That's just mean. No one enjoys straight vegemite. It took it from an amusing learning experience to an exercise in torture.
posted by kjs4 at 11:07 PM on May 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I LOVE watching little ones try new foods; I made sure to get a good viewing spot with my daughters and I still get a chuckle over my oldest with her shocked yet delighted taste of lemons - she ate quite a few wedges, making the same face over and over. I laughed so hard I could barely breathe.

To this day, I give toddlers around me new tastes whenever I can. Delightful link!
posted by _paegan_ at 11:17 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Every time I make my special anchovy-Vegemite pie for supper the children are late for dinner. Now I understand why.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:29 PM on May 7, 2013


Brilliant.

A friend's kid once saw me reaching for an olive, ran over in a complete tizzy, grasped my arm and said, with great seriousness, 'Jack, no! They are playing a trick on you!'.

I don't know if 'they' referred to the olives themselves, or the other grown-ups present.
posted by jack_mo at 11:32 PM on May 7, 2013 [7 favorites]


'Jack, no! They are playing a trick on you!'.

You take the blue olive - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red olive - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:45 PM on May 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


To this day, I give toddlers around me new tastes whenever I can.

Definitely. There isn't an institutionalized educational system for tastes and smells and touches the way there is for audio and visual instruction, but everybody has numerous senses. You've got to use them, and use then in a finely detailed way, when you're young, if you really want to begin to develop them.

Close your eyes. I'm going to give you a piece of salmon. You should smell it, and then put it in your mouth. Chew it. Swallow it. Now I'm going to give you a piece of cod. Do the same thing. Now I'm going to give you a piece of fish. Is it salmon or cod?

In today's lesson, I'm going to burn three different types of incense sticks around the house and the yard. You kids have to find all the places where you can smell each type of smell.

This morning we will repeatedly be adding small amounts of sugar to a pile of salt and trying to decide when the mix switches from tasting salty to tasting sweet.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:18 AM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I made the olive face very recently when I took one from my SO's plate thinking it was a grape. Man those things are gross. Now, gherkins and pickled onions...yum!

When we were little I had an uncle who loved to give us lemons to eat, and told us to eat the skin too because they make your teeth white. (Or fall out of your head after they dissolve in pure acid, but never mind.) Now I like to do the same with my niece. I love that a little bit of harmless child torture is universally amusing :)
posted by billiebee at 1:59 AM on May 8, 2013


I fed my toddler a crabapple once in the expectation of getting a reaction like this, but she loved it. It also turns out that she likes lemon, olives, grapefruit and raw quince. Someday I have to try giving her durian.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 4:47 AM on May 8, 2013


MY GOD. KIDS HAVE A PURPOSE.
posted by Mezentian at 5:55 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh man, olive is so great.
posted by desuetude at 7:59 AM on May 8, 2013


It also turns out that she likes lemon, olives, grapefruit and raw quince. Someday I have to try giving her durian.

Tamarind!
posted by XMLicious at 8:20 AM on May 8, 2013


I made the olive face very recently when I took one from my SO's plate thinking it was a grape. Man those things are gross.

So weird how people make these comments like food objectively tastes one way or another.
posted by sweetkid at 8:41 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


My two year old goes nuts for capers, pickles in brine, garlic stuffed olives, canned soy beans and fish roe (I caught her spooning it out of the glass last christmas).

Haven't tried marmite or anchovies yet!
posted by Omnomnom at 9:44 AM on May 8, 2013


Years ago, when Elder Monster was very wee and getting the hang of solids, I was lectured by a (childless) woman for "abusing" him. We were at Ruby Tuesday's, and he was pretty interested in the things on my plate - I had a fat cheeseburger and salad bar. I'd give him a bit of olive or a bit of blue cheese or a bit of tart fruit, and giggle when he pulled a face. She was FURIOUS with me, and berated me for a good five minutes about how giving kids things just to see them make faces was wrong and abusive and I didn't deserve to have such a beautiful child. I'm sure she was upset when I told her to fuck off and mind her own business, but really.

(While she was having her fit, Elder Monster was busily helping himself to things from my plate, making hilarious faces, and trying again.)

So now Elder Monster is 21. He developed an interest in cooking by the age of four, graduated from his high school's culinary arts program after captaining their competition team twice, and now cooks professionally. He can cook amazing dishes with complex textures and flavors from simple ingredients, and maintains that he will "eat anything at least once".

If that's the result of "abusing" him with food, more people should "abuse" their kids that way.
posted by MissySedai at 10:34 AM on May 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Man, people are so horrible about other people's babies. I wouldn't have believed it until once I was with a friend and her then five month old at a cafe around 8 pm having some wine (baby was not having any wine). This woman came right up to us and addressed the baby, "you're so cute! but you shouldn't be up and out this late! no, you should be in bed!"

I was totally dumbstruck.
posted by sweetkid at 10:52 AM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I made the olive face very recently when I took one from my SO's plate thinking it was a grape.

An old roommate said he once did that when he distractedly took a sip of what he thought was water but was actually milk. "I tasted milk as it really is!" he said later. "And what milk really is, is - fat globules suspended in liquid!"

Even the food we like tastes weird when we're not expecting it.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:04 AM on May 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Even the food we like tastes weird when we're not expecting it.

I experienced this in a very unpleasant way once when I took a sip from what I thought was a cup of apple cider but was actually vegetable stock.
posted by invitapriore at 11:08 AM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


This woman came right up to us and addressed the baby, "you're so cute! but you shouldn't be up and out this late! no, you should be in bed!"

And your friend didn't rip the woman's head off? I truly admire her restraint. I got downright belligerent with people who stuck their noses in like that.

I wonder what she would have done if baby was sampling wine? (My hosts in France gave their young children wine, which startled me at first, but it was a habit I adopted when I had kids of my own, because yummy!)
posted by MissySedai at 11:13 AM on May 8, 2013


And your friend didn't rip the woman's head off? I truly admire her restraint. I got downright belligerent with people who stuck their noses in like that.

No, but I kind of wanted to. She was like "yeah, this happens all the time."
posted by sweetkid at 11:15 AM on May 8, 2013


I have loved blue cheese since the first time I tired it and, as a child, used to get into arguments with waitresses who insisted that I "wouldn't like it." Same with olives and coffee.

No, my parents didn't let me drink coffee. I used to steal sips from my mom's cup. I still drink it like she does, lots of milk and like 6 sugars.
posted by JoanArkham at 1:16 PM on May 8, 2013


Ivy's first lemon.
posted by gottabefunky at 1:28 PM on May 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ivy's first lemon.

Oh, that poor long suffering cat.
posted by sweetkid at 1:34 PM on May 8, 2013


Yeah, he gave her some good shots. Now they're inseparable. Just in time for sis to have a go.
posted by gottabefunky at 2:35 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ivy's first lemon

Oh, such a beautiful child! I just got the diabeetus from all the sweet!
posted by MissySedai at 4:16 PM on May 8, 2013


"you're so cute! but you shouldn't be up and out this late! no, you should be in bed!"

Clearly this person has never ridden the subway at night, EVER.

It seems like every time I have ever been on the subway at after 11pm, there is a wide awake toddler drinking soda out of a baby bottle, whining because it is fucking tired and 1am is too late for toddlers to be up caffeinating themselves.

You stop worrying about them after a while. Mostly.

8pm in a restaurant is positively wholesome for New York childhood.
posted by Sara C. at 6:34 PM on May 8, 2013


This was in North Carolina though. Still, it was still light out.
posted by sweetkid at 6:58 PM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also, she was addressing the BABY wtf.
posted by sweetkid at 7:32 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Still, it was still light out.

Clearly, that woman had no clue about kids. The little fuckers see the sunlight, and they KNOW that it's not sleepytiemz yet, no matter who tells them they should be asleep.
posted by MissySedai at 7:33 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


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