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It’s like Disneyland for Michelle.

It’s no secret that Michelle loves hot sauce. She pours it onto her meals generously. When her eyes are watering and nose is running, she will tell you she feels alive. While strolling through the farmers’ market at The Grove we stumbled across this store.

It’s nothing but hot sauce and hot sauce related products. They sell bottles of hot sauce, jarred peppers, pepper powder, spicy peanuts, and spicy popcorn.

There are signs inside that say no photos, but I’m sneaky like that. Check out this store if you’re at The Grove. The sauces have hilarious names, many involving burning sensitive areas of your body.

Every hot sauce is labeled on a heat scale from 1-10, but there are even a few 10++ items on the shelves. Just to gauge what we were getting ourselves into, we asked the store owner what Tabasco would rank on his scale. He said it would be about a 5. Showing us around, he was telling us the people in China and Taiwan love the 10++ bottles. They can’t get anything like that locally, so whenever he takes a trip he takes a case of the hot stuff to distribute to the locals. It seemed like he had experience with his products, telling us some of the hot sauces were carrot based and others were tomato based, giving them completely different tastes. We decided to stick with a 7 on the heat scale, and Michelle has been happy with that choice especially since I started doing more cooking. I just make sure she at least tastes my food before she smothers it in hot sauce.

This makes me want to do mischievous things.

This is one packet of Jack in the Box Hot Taco Sauce.

This is 1,500 packets of Jack in the Box Hot Taco Sauce. It may not look like much…

Until you put it into perspective.

It Tastes Like Burning*

I ran across Foodista during my normal travels across the World Wide Web. It’s a recipe website that takes a wiki approach. This means that anyone can edit a recipe, even if they weren’t the original person that posted the recipe. This sounds like a terrible idea.

Everyone’s tastes are different, and you will never get people to agree on the best way to prepare a meal. This site will end up in utter chaos, never ending up with the best recipes, always flipping back and forth as people fight to use their favorite ingredients and remove their ones that make them sick.

I don’t eat lettuce. There are some exceptions, but lettuce is something I do not like to eat. It’s not a taste issue; it’s texture. Ever since I was young, I have always though of eating lettuce like chewing on pieces of Styrofoam. Given the choice to enter a recipe, it will never include lettuce. Should I become a member of Foodista, you would see lettuce disappear from every recipe on the site to suit my tastes. You’d have recipes for salads that would require an empty bowl and nothing more.

Culturally people have different taste preferences as well. Panda Express was one of the vendors that catered food at my high school. If you saw a White person in that line, you could almost bet he was getting Orange Chicken. At my high school, you were either White or Asian. It’s not so much an ethnicity thing as it is a cultural thing. The more Americanized you are culturally, the more you are likely to like foods that are very sweet and very salty. That’s why we’re a country of fat, sickly people. That point aside, this is chicken drizzled in orange-flavored syrup. People can’t share the same recipe because of different tastes.

This site will not work as it’s currently designed. People will keep overwriting other people’s changes to their personal preferences. What this site needs to do is to allow version changes to recipes, leaving the original recipe intact. They note why they made the changes so people can choose whether or not they want to use bacon or pancetta in the recipe.

I know if Michelle started editing recipes, they would all include more of one of the following ingredients. Tobasco. Tapatio. Sriracha. I will not be cooking from these recipes.

*You win two Internets if you can tell me where the title of this post comes from and another three if you can name another quote that involves a fruit.