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Reminders to self

When I know I will be having particularly good food or drink in the next day or so, I need to work on keeping the following in mind:
  1. Avoid too-hot liquids, whether soups, infusions, or hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is dangerous.

    (Unless it's actually cold chocolate, as mysteriously served to me for breakfast one morning in a cozy little pot designed for hot things. Then it's odd, but not dangerous in the same way. Also, the hot chocolate was very welcome after several hours of walking up and down hills, climbing up past a waterfall, and otherwise day-hiking in generally steady drizzle in the Black Forest. It's my own fault I drank it too soon.)

  2. Avoid aggressively crusty rolls.

    I had a Thüringer sausage at the Leipzig train station, with a token bun for eating it. The bun, although clearly fresh, had such a crust that it ripped up my mouth to the point of bleeding. Crusty rolls are dangerous.



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Sep. 16th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Do you have similar gum issues with kettle chips? Tobes used to laugh at me for avoiding them so I didn't cut my mouth.
Sep. 17th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
If it's the same problem that I have, it's not the gums, it's the hard palate. Crusty rolls rip it and make eating anything painful for at least the rest of the day.
Sep. 17th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
Yes, they rip up my hard palate, not my gums. I thoughtlessly ordered a glass of wine with dinner later that day: all that acidity really stung.
Sep. 17th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
As with sollersuk, it rips up my hard palate, not my gums.

Of course you should avoid foods which make any part of your mouth bleed if you can!
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
I do try to remember those things, but even if I remember not to do them I end up getting a cold on the day of the big posh feed.
Sep. 17th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Lesson 2 takes me back to the good old days of West German brötchen... those things could put you out for days. Ripping up one's roll before consumption became second nature really quickly...
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Recommendations for crusty breads:

1) Eat very small bites. I've found I can avoid ripping my mouth to shreds by nibbling rather than chomping into my sandwich. Even baguette can cause some damage to my mouth when consumed in a country that makes it properly.

2) Eat your sandwich upside down so the ridges on the bread or roll go against your tongue rather than the roof of your mouth first and get softened a little before any turning around due to natural chewing activity.
Sep. 18th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
I once overheard a conversation on a bus about how pizza was dangerous in much the same way - eat it too hot and the cheese burns the roof of your mouth, and then the crust is too crusty and cuts you...
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