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Bay leaf in restaurant food
Old 02-19-2020, 07:23 PM
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DH and I stopped in for a quick bite at a Tex-mex casual sit down restaurant. The very first bite I took of my mini taquito had a whole bay leaf in it. DH would have removed the leaf and kept eating. I decided against it because it was raining outside and I had seen some wet leaves on the sidewalk. Even though I rationally knew it was a bay leaf, I could not stomach the thought of continuing to eat with the visual of the wet leaves I had just seen outside.
Would you have removed the leaf and kept eating or sent it back?


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Old 02-19-2020, 07:25 PM
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It was a bay leaf. Remove and continue to eat.

But to each his own.
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Old 02-19-2020, 07:26 PM
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Remove and eat. No biggie for me.
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Old 02-19-2020, 07:45 PM
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I don't think I would have given it a second thought - take the bay leaf out and finish my meal. But I have an iron gut and not much grosses me out! I can thank 2 of my kids for that!
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Old 02-19-2020, 07:50 PM
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No big deal. Take it out and eat the food.


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Old 02-19-2020, 08:00 PM
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Wouldn't bother me....just a sign that the food is home-cooked and fresh!
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Not a big deal
Old 02-19-2020, 08:05 PM
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I would have just removed it. I would not have been grossed out.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:52 PM
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I would do just what I do at home, take it out and continue eating.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:56 PM
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Gosh, Iíve missed them in my own cooking before. I just pull it out and set it on the side of my plate. And thatís what I taught my kids to do.
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Old 02-19-2020, 09:51 PM
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Yep, just pull out and keep eating. It's very common to have that in your food. I can't imagine sending it back, because it's part of the way they make the food (not an "error" for example).


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Old 02-20-2020, 03:05 AM
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I use bay leaves on roasts, and itís no big deal to have one in your serving. Like the others said, itís part of the recipe. Pull it off and enjoy the flavor. It was put in there on purpose. Itís not like you found a piece of rubber or a bug.
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Old 02-20-2020, 03:59 AM
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I would have removed it too and kept eating.

Just out of curiosity, so if it was a sunny, nice day outside, would you have not connected the bay leaf with the leaves outside and kept eating?
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Old 02-20-2020, 06:01 AM
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I use bay leaves in my own cooking so would just have removed it and continued eating. Kid funny: when my DD was little, I tried to avoid her getting the bay leaf in the spaghetti sauce. One time, it didn't work she was a bit horrified until I told her it was the lucky leaf and means good luck She relaxed, took it out and ate.
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Old 02-20-2020, 10:50 AM
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I would like to say I'd take it out and continue... BUT, our minds are powerful! Once certain associations are made, it can be tough to overcome.

I know bay leaves exist and their purpose. But someone once teased me that they were poisonous. It made it difficult for me. Logic SHOULD prevail...but it doesn't always.

The same is true when my stepdad said that tapioca was fish eggs or when people compare foods to nonfoods (like rice=maggots or similar.)

So while I would probably be okay in this case, I understand where you are coming from here.
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Old 02-20-2020, 02:43 PM
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I would have pulled it out and kept eating. But I do get what you are saying.
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:11 PM
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OK so I realized how irrational I was being, but yes my mind wouldn't move past the wet leaves outside. It didn't help that I had walked in a puddle right before going in, so my flats were still sloshing around. So Masped, yes I think I could have moved past it if it had been sunny yesterday.

Just to clarify I didn't tell her to take it back, she kept offering me something else because I just wasn't eating. She even sent over the manager to see if I would like to order something else. The manager offered to take it and I said OK.
It's weird what our minds can make us do...or not do.
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Old 02-20-2020, 10:03 PM
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Remove, and continue eating.
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Old 02-21-2020, 05:05 AM
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I see, thanks for replying. Yes, I was about to say, it's interesting what our minds think about under certain circumstances.

Even if it was raining, I personally wouldn't have even thought of connecting the wet leaves outside to the bay leaf in my food.
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Old 02-21-2020, 04:06 PM
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I totally get it and very possibly would have had the same reaction. I am very squeamish and have had experiences with reactions very similar to yours. In my school the teachers eat lunch with their students. I have to set very clear ground rules about appropriate lunch table topics and behaviors at the start of the year. Even in my own kitchen, if I make an association with something unappealing I can not eat what I cooked. Sorry you were not able to enjoy your meal.
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