Here’s the thing: I don’t like being called “picky.” I really don’t enjoy the connotation that goes along with that description in regard to food. To me, “picky” means that you’ll eat certain things, but pretty much refuse to eat others. “Picky” makes me think of a spoiled child crossing her arms with her nose stuck up in the air (sorry for the crude description). I prefer to use the term “particular.” In my eyes, “particular” means that the person chooses to partake in certain things over others. It doesn’t mean this person will never eat something; they just prefer to have other things.
Let me explain a bit further. Here is a great example from my personal life:
Calamari. I don’t love it. I don’t despise it. I would never order it for myself off of a menu, and if there are other options for me to nibble on, I’ll most likely nosh on them instead. However, if a big plate of fried squid shows up on the table for everyone to split I usually will end up eating a few pieces. Is it my favorite? Not really. I can appreciate it and try a few bites, but if you were to ask me if I LIKE calamari, I’d probably say no.
There are other types of food I’m “particular” about (aside from the fact that I can’t eat red meats):
- Creamy sauces (ex – Alfredo sauce, cheese sauces, etc. I rarely eat any food featuring them)
- Fried food/fast food (try to avoid. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat some french fries every once in a while…)
- Dressings on salad (they need to be on the side, or sometimes not on them at all)
Does this mean I’m picky? Personally, I think not. Yes, I’ll try a bite of your linguine with a touch of cream sauce; I just don’t want a big plate for myself. I love being able to eat out at restaurants with Justin and my parents; forks are usually flying across the table…everyone has to taste everything. I like being able to sample certain items, but I also want the option of ordering an item I know I’ll enjoy.
So…please don’t call me a picky eater. I’m just particular…that’s all!
Are you particular about certain types/kinds of food?