Smelling Other People’s Food

I love scrambled eggs, but not smelling them first thing in the morning on the subway, thanks. The other day I was wedged next to a woman who started chowing down on an egg sandwich. Ugh. Not a good start to my day. My stomach needs to wake up before it can think of food. Some foods smell delicious to the eater but not the bystander, of course. It’s really a matter or personal taste, I guess, and sometimes the time of day. When I feel like eating fragrant Indian food for lunch at the office, I always ask my desk neighbors if they mind — if they’d rather not smell the lunch, I’ll eat in the kitchen area. No problem. At home, the one food-smell argument that happens frequently is when I cook fish. No one else is a fish fan, so I try to cook it when they’re not home. However, the smell does tend to linger. Are there any food smells that you cannot stand? Do you mind people eating strong-smelling food next to you, such as on the bus or train? Come on, spill — it’s good to vent!

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