First of all I didn't put this into Food and Cooking because what I want to ask may include food but the question is not about food or cooking but
about a certain perception that just happen to be about a food but could be about anything else [like the colour of dresses etc].
That said, lets get to the point.
Husband and I have noticed that here in the UK, sometimes people get mayonnaise and sour cream mixed up. Often in food serving restaurants.
We have been served Nachos with mayo [blurk] and had to give it back and the girl said that's how they have always served it and she thought that's
how it was.
In another pub I asked for mayonnaise with my fries and got sour cream. I told the owner lady and asked her to taste it and she was adamant that it
was mayonnaise, when it was 100% sour cream [I am a Mayo beast and my husband also tasted it and said 'urgh it's sour cream'].
Both the consistency and the taste are completely different. The only thing both have in common is the colour.
Now the reason could be that some people just have never tried either and don't know what either tastes like or they have learned them wrong.
However in both cases it was pub/restaurants and they were adamant about their choices.
...or is it one of these things were people CAN'T tell the difference and just use them interchangeably because it makes no difference to them?
We have also had private people mix them up, giving us the wrong one when asked.
Is it one of those 'blue dress/white dress' perception thing or are people ignorant, and how often does this happen?
What I would really like to hear is if anyone else has had a similar situation, to gauge how common this really is. Maybe some people can't tell the
difference [which there certainly is].
We have always talked about this but when it happened again recently and she almost had a 'go' at me for saying that her sour cream wasn't
mayonnaise, it hit the 'third molecule' [where something happens often enough for you to start noticing].
Is this a thing? Are there people who really can't taste the difference? Or who learn form their families that one thing is actually the other?
It's really not anything big but it is interesting to us. Anything anyone else can add would be very interesting.
Maybe it should be in Food & Drink really bit I don't want to talk about food, just the perception of taste.
Mods feel free to stick this wherever it needs to be to keep the Earth turning.