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The Nause-AA: Final Showdown

Submitted by on September 25, 2012 – 1:35 PM23 Comments

Today's write-ups by both of us, as marked. To vote, scroll down; to see the bracket, click here. We'll leave these open a few days, so tell a friend (or queasy enemy).

One last time: vote for the one you like the least. Against, not for, Survivor-style.

3 organ meats/offal vs. 15 Lima beans
I have to admit to being completely underwhelmed by this matchup. Lima beans seem too…predictable? Maybe it's just that I don't have a deeply personal investment in them, either way. I don't like them, but I'm also not overcome with Lima loathing. HOWEVER, I am bitchily happy to see organ meats/offal here since a local "famous" chef — who agreed to be interviewed for Suffering Succotash and then rudely blew me off once he realized I was writing about picky eaters — has perched most of his fame on a pile of the bits and bobs most sane people wouldn't be caught dead sticking in their mouths. Too bitter? Well, that's the most fire you'll see from me in this fight. Kill 'em, organ meats! — Keckler

Agreed. I can't eat organs and I like Limas, so I don't really have a dog in this hunt, and it's hard to say which hated food wins. Yes, eating a lung is gross, but the resentment of/hatred for the little greenies has surprised us all along, and may yet score a championship-caliber upset for Lima beans. I won't vote for them…but I think they'll win. — SDB

3 organ meats/offal vs. 15 Lima beans

  • organ meats/offal (81%, 574 Votes)
  • Lima beans (19%, 133 Votes)

Total Voters: 707

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  • Jo says:

    I'm ambivalent about Lima beans. I wouldn't seek them out, but I'll eat them if they're served to me. But the very concept of organ meats kind of makes me gag. I've been rooting for that throughout the contest.

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    Sorry, organ meats. Get back inside that carcass where you belong and quit bothering me!

  • scout1222 says:

    It's sort of anti-climactic when the final choice is between something you like and something you don't. Those early rounds were hilarious to witness as we all stumbled upon a choice between to things we either loved or hated.

    All around, this was a fun use of my time.

  • cayenne says:

    Well, this is easy. One of my favourite foods (lima beans) vs. the most revolting category of technically consumable material masquerading as food. I WONDER WHICH ONE I'LL PICK.

  • Yoshi says:

    I can't believe raisins aren't here to get the beatdown they deserve. The Sunmaid lobby are powerful people.

  • Kate says:

    I'M going to guess that the famous chef had the initials CC.

  • zuhn says:

    Is there still the possibility of write-in votes for raisins?

  • attica says:

    I'm not letting Lima beans go down without a fight.

    Heart is fine, brains are spongy but completely inoffensive, liver is, well, liver, kidneys are delightful in a bernaise sauce, sweetbreads are terrific,etc, etc, etc.


  • JB says:

    There is a reason that "offal" and "awful" sound alike. As for lima beans, well, yeah, they have that weird paste-texture thing, but flavorwise, they're mostly inoffensive.

  • S says:

    Wow. All the truly awful (not offal) food got eliminated early on. I'm not really fussed about either of them.

    It's also been bugging me that all organ meats are in one category as they are all different.

  • Jeanne says:

    I have nothing against organ meats really, but I love lima beans so…Organ meats? You're going down.

  • texasannie says:

    Phooey on organ meats! I will say only one thing in their favor: when I cook up the turkey giblets for my pets at Thanksgiving, it makes them very, very happy. My first cat, Tybalt, liked nothing better than a delicious poached turkey heart (hooooark!).

  • Elizabeth says:

    I'm not a huge fan of organ meats, but I don't hate them, and I also feel kind of bad that they have this stigma. It's kind of weird already that we eat dead animal parts — their specific function in the body doesn't mean much to me. (No, I'm not a vegetarian, but you know how sometimes everyday things will strike you as odd? Eating dead animal parts is one of those things.)

    So, I voted for Lima beans, which I dislike a good deal, though again, not quite to the level of nausea. There needs to be a word to describe foods that suck the moisture out of your mouth and clot up into an impossible-to-swallow paste — not disgusting, not even bad-tasting, just… well, like Lima beans. Limish? Limaful? Limatic?

  • kellyu says:

    Well, when I voted it was 80% organ meats, 20% lima beans (which I think are called broad beans here), and I have to say:

    Organ meats. Gross. I can deal with liver, because it is a solid mass, but kidney (steak and kidney pie) is slightly lumpy. No way am I eating lung, but I think intestine used to be used for sausage skin, so I'm kind of ok with that. Heart? no no no no no, and I don't think that brain is included in this category, but it is a categorical "hell no!" with me.

  • Keckler says:

    @texasannie Tybalt is the most awesome name for a cat I've heard yet.

  • FloridaErin says:

    After voting for Lima beans in many rounds, I have finally found something that would make me happy to eat them any day of the week. Organ "meats", your day has come.

  • Caitlin M says:

    I'm just relieved to see that raw oysters didn't make it to the finals. I only tried them for the first time last year, and my reaction was, "I can't believe I've been missing out for so long!"

    @Kate, my thought as well.

  • Kat from Jersey says:

    I'm still amazed that fake cherry flavoring got knocked out!

    Yeah, organ meats…. ew! 'Nuff said!

  • Agent Nintey Nine says:

    @Keckler … you are probably too much of a lady to answer, but it was Cosentino, wasn't it? He totally seems like the type.

  • Agent Nintey Nine says:

    @SARS NOOOOOOO! Please fix my name or don't post that comment. It should be Ninety Nine. I'm not sufficiently caffeinated yet!

  • Jane says:

    This was a tough one because I love liver and I love lima beans. But when I took into account all other organ meats, the choice was simple. My mother likes to make kidney pie and it is just wrong when you cook something and the house smells like pee. She would cut up the turkey heart and put it in the gravy on Thanksgiving. WHY.

  • Bo says:

    I like foie gras, rabbit or pork pate that includes some liver, braunschweiger and some liverwurst, sweetbreads in brown butter sauce, chicken and turkey hearts, and giblet gravy (as long as you leave out the liver). So even though I hate chicken liver and the texture of many organ-meat-containing foods, it's clearly not blanket hatred.

    And although I'll tolerate baby lima beans in soup, I would never go out of my way to eat them and haven't bought them in 35 years.

    So go away limas named after the mispronounced town in Ohio.

  • Lindsay says:

    Its like this vote had a view into my childhood nightmare meal of liver and lima beans…I can't vote because I'm frozen in terror.

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