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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, October 2

Food memory

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Hi, everyone!

How are we? Okay enough, I hope. As always on a bad day, there’s a ramble to distract you if you want it.

Ramble of the Day

Our senses do a wonderful job of recording things, and the sense of taste is no exception. I feel it’s an under-discussed topic, but I could just be looking in the wrong places. Regardless, I remember very specific tastes and food experiences — not just my feelings or thoughts in the process, but the actual flavors and textures in my mouth.

Take, for example, a conversation I had with a Hoddler in the comments a number of Hoddles ago about bagels. I was asked about the bagel I ate at Heathrow once more than years ago, and I remembered it vividly. It was too soft everywhere, and not in the nice way a carbohydrate should be. I remember my teeth getting into the bagel too easily, and the blandness of the outside that made it feel like I was eating a soggy bagel despite it not being moist at all. I remember other bagels like it, too, provided at school events with bad catering.

A lot of the other foods I’ve eaten, in large quantities or small, have registered similarly. As I was writing this, I thought of another memory, and I realized that I continue to remember bad experiences! There’s probably a psychological explanation that I know, but am far from having a level of expertise that should keep me from writing it down. I won’t elaborate, but I remember the most foul taste from the cream soda I thought would taste better than coke.

There are a number of other food memories — even good ones — that are flooding back to me now, but I think we all get the point. I clearly have some strong food memories.

tl;dr: I have a pretty strong food memory, and I tend to remember the bad things I’ve eaten.

Links of the Day

Charlton is alleging Jonathan Leko was racially abused by Leeds’ Kiko Casilla. The FA is currently investigating the matter.

Nice has sacked forward Lamine Diaby-Fadiga after he stole Kasper Dolberg’s watch in the locker room.

David Squires covers Arsenal’s newest captain, Granit Xhaka, in his latest cartoon.

Today’s longer read: James Rushton on Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa tenure and hope of the times for 7500 to Holte