questionsi think you guys will enjoy this

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@hobbit: Oh no, on the contrary. If you love both bacon, pancakes, butter and syrup and have never minded them touching one another on the plate, this is good.
My Dad makes waffles like this, crumbling crisp bacon over the top of the batter before closing the lid. So good. I promise.

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@lavikinga: thing is I can't mix them together. Bacon goes on a different plate from pancakes. It has since I was three. I don't like my syrup to touch the bacon, I won't eat the bacon if it has.

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@hobbit: I understand. One of my munchkins absolutely did not like his food touching when he was younger. Now, might as well just put it all in a bucket. So Hardees' Breakfast Bowls will push you over the edge, won't they?

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If you like this tase combonation, you should try fried chicken and waffles too. Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles is a big deal here in LA and surronding area. The line is out the door and down the street.

Mmm, great mixture of salty/sweet and crunchy.

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@lavikinga: pretty much. About the only food mixing I can do is pasta with sauce.

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Ooh, that looks good! Think I'll try that sometime on the big griddle.

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@lovefridays: Oh, man... Got to love the Roscoe's!

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@hobbit: No worries, I'm about the same with the food mixing too... I'm not overly picky, but if I can help it, they won't touch until they're a ways beyond my gustatory devices in my mouth.

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@arosiriak: my dad thinks I am weird. I grew up in a commercial kitchen basically watching him cook. I like food, cooking and creating dishes. But eating them is another story, I will pick apart a lot of things. Actually my admission that pasta is the only thing I mix is probably wrong there are other things. But breakfast is NOT a meal that I have allowed foods to touch, I don't like breakfast that is probably why.

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Fry up some bacon, chop it up, mix in pancake batter, then cook. Delicious.

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It was a fantastic idea, and I just had some for dinner. It was really good; tasted like a McGriddle. Thanks, @crycis805.

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i just need to wake up before noon one of these days to make my bacon/pancake Frankenstein breakfast.

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@hobbit: Out of curiosity, is it a mixing of foodstuffs in general, a mixing of textures, or a mixing of flavors that turns you off. It is possible to mix flavors without so much of a textural mixing, if they're used as seasonings or in prep...

I asked, because, my first thought was maple-glazed and candied bacon... Mmm... (?)

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@chaosamoeba: depends. In the case of bacon and syrup. I don't like the syrup touching the bacon because I don't like the flavours mixing. And no I don't like maple bacon either.

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I'm with you, hobbit, if I could, every meal would be served on those plates with the dividers.

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@hcsencsi: :D That just reminds me of bygone years and cute kiddy plates... However, I'm all for the idea, really. I'm still one who prefers my salad on a separate salad plate (or bowl)... And I would agree with @hobbit in saying that it's more a matter of flavor in most cases that drives the separation of entrees.

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I don't like my food to touch either!

I am even worse though - I only eat one thing at a time. I eat all of my vegetables first, then my protein, then my starch.

My sister-in-law calls me an "Order Eater", because I eat everything in order. I had never heard that term before, but it cracks me up!

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@arosiriak: my salad MUST be on its own plate. I don't like dressing mixing with my food. I also don't like slimey lettuce getting in with certain foods. At a restaurant I can spend time picking bits out of my salad if it is one of those 'bagged' types. I don't like red cabbage or bagged carrot bits (they are too dry).

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@hobbit: Oh, I HATE those bagged salad mixes.

One of my friends told me that her little girl won't eat the bagged salad mixes, but will eat all the same stuff when she cuts it up and mixes it herself. She was exasperated and said, "I don't understand why - it tastes EXACTLY the same".

I agree with the kid!! Even the lettuce tastes different to me. Everyone else I know swears they can't tell the difference.

Okay, so I am strange - whatever, I still don't like it.

BTW, I did get a giggle out of the slimy lettuce comment. Eeewww!

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Oh you guys! Thinking about this makes me realize how hard it must be for you all to eat in the restaurants where everything comes piled on top of each other. You know, like the grilled pork chop nestled on a bed of garlic smashed potatoes, topped with grilled asparagus. Pretty to look at but hard to eat without dismantling.

Here are some plates that remind me of grade school: http://tinyurl.com/2cork5a Corelle makes divided plates too. http://tinyurl.com/2el9ahr Not poking fun at anyone.
So how do you guys do with food like taco salads in a tortilla bowl, or pizza, or stuffed whatevers?
When I was a kid, I did the "order eating" too, especially if it's a particular favorite. I'd save my favorite for last. I was a weird kid. I'd trade the insides of a baked potato for the outside if they were particularly crunchy. Then I'd load them with butter, sour cream or whatever the options were. Guess I discovered stuffed potato skins on my own.

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@ravelazquez: I will pick through iceberg - since it seems to be the biggest offender - and anything that is discoloured is rejected. I know where that phobia comes from though, my mom would try make us eat old lettuce and she would cover it in dressing to hide the sliminess I was far too astute to be fooled.

@lavikinga: I can eat that stuff, pizza is fine. The stacked food I usually split up some. although I won't porkchops, I don't like pork - yes I know Bacon is pork but that is different.

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@ravelazquez: I'm an order eater too. My family thinks it's weird, but now there is a name for my condition! I try to mix it up some, but tend to eat whatever cools the fastest first. Then eat the salad at the end of the meal, because it's supposed to be cold.

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@hobbit: I'm with you on the flavor mixing. Some foods are not meant to mix! The muddling of hot and cold dishes together makes me say ewww.

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@lavikinga: Yes, it's a little tricky eating stacked food like that in a restaurant. How do I eat this tower without toppling it?

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@faughtey: Oh but then how do YOU eat hot fudge and ice cream? mmmmmmm or Ice Cream A La Mode?

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@hobbit: That's a good question. I love hot fudge sundaes, and the mix of hot and cold does not bother me with those. And hot pie with cold ice cream is yummy!

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@faughtey: HAHA I eat my salad last too!! My family members just roll their eyes and tell visitors to ignore me. Though, in a restaurant, I just go with the flow. Since it is usually brought out before the meal I will eat it then, so that there aren't a ton of dishes sitting on the table.

@lavikinga: I make compromises in a restaurant situation. If it is a stacked dish, I just dismantle it and separate it on my own, THEN eat one thing at a time. :) As far as taco salad, pizza, soups, and other items, I look at them as one item, and rarely pick it apart. As a general rule, if it is cooked in different pans or pots, I eat it separately.

@hobbit: hot fudge & ice cream.... there are exceptions to every rule, aren't there. ;)

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@faughtey: As my mom said once when she caught me eating a piece of pie for lunch - "that's not food". :D Dessert is different, therefore it stands to reason that rules might be different as well.

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It took me a second to remember what the original topic of the thread was... :D

I have to agree on the desserts topic: not the same as most food, which is why the mixture of hot and cold can be tolerated, and even enjoyed. Now I'm craving some piping-hot molten chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream all around it... Mmm...

@lavikinga: I'll deal with the restaurants too, but typically will try to separate the food too, to the extent possible (within reason, of course - so not just being OCD)... and definitely a plus on the saving the best stuff for last. I've always done that, even with jelly beans since I was two years old. I used to think to myself "worst first," and enjoy the best, savory morsels for the finale.

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I've been trying to think if there were any foods I don't like touching. Finally some one mentioned ice cream! I don't like birthday cake and ice cream to touch. I'd eat an ice cream cake, but I'd eat all the ice cream first and then the cake. I miss those foods so much.
Another weirdness offered up, when I used to eat ice cream sandwiches, I'd peel the top layer off, eat it, then fold the rest of the sandwich in half making a thicker treat. Seem to remember doing the same thing with Little Debbie Nutty bars years ago and Oreos, back before they made the double stackers.

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I used to save my favorite for last.

Then, one day, when I was eating pizza with my aunt, I had said: "Ooh, I'm going to eat that slice last!" (because it had the most burnt cheese) Subsequently, my aunt took the slice and ate it and said something along the lines of: "If you wanted it, you should have taken it."

I hate it when adults try to teach kids life lessons.

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@lavikinga: when i think of grade school, i actually think of these classics.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/34909872/set-of-2-amazing-vintage-rare-lunch

nothing like a mottled green and orange tray to make my food look appetizing. i'd imagine that even if the food was separated, the tray itself would be considered "contaminating."

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@chaosamoeba: I remember those "classics"... and it reminds me that I'm grateful that I lived in days when we started shifting to the styrofoam trays. I was never a fan of those older trays shudders at the thought

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@chaosamoeba: My Granddad was an elementary school Principal for decades. We've managed to inherit a few solid pale green school lunch bowls and my parents have a few of the plain brown trays, the ones without the compartments.
There's just something about having chili or soup in one of those bowls...

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@arosiriak: that change to styrofoam, in my mind, signifies the shift to really crappy school food.

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@lavikinga: I can see that... but maybe my schools just weren't that great - I never thought the food was very good before the switch either. shrug

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Come to think of it, the food separation thing makes me want to design my own dishes... kind of like this, but maybe with a bit more of the stoneware feel, as opposed to the preschool feel.

http://www.perpetualkid.com/construction-plate-utensils.aspx

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@arosiriak: not to mention styrofoam is bad for the environment, it emits bad things into it. My university was one of the first to ban the use of Styrofoam products on school campuses.

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@hobbit: Too bad schools can't use the biodegradable "styrofoam" made from cornstarch. Of course, one would have to eat really, really fast before it melted.

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@lavikinga: hahahaha and you know what else @sgoman5674 is missing out on this thread to give us sage wisdom on bacon.

I also notice @perkalicious11 didn't make any comments, don't you like bacon?

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@hobbit: Not really missing out. What I don't understand is why someone would ruin perfectly good pancakes by putting bacon in them.

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mmmmmm! how can anyone not like pancakes and bacon? They are amazing together!