Mussels: In previous attempts in the arena of mussel consumption, I have been less than thrilled with the outcome. However, the Pook really loves them and when she saw them on sale while we were grocery shopping, she declared that she was buying some and if I didn't want them I could eat something else.
Conceptually I've always rather liked mussels  and from time to time I like to give things that I haven't liked in the past a new try, just in case my taste buds have changed their mind. Also, there's the whole "setting a good example for the kids" thing.
So, today when she made them, I dutifully sat down to dinner and gave them a new try.
When the Bear saw the bowl of linguine and mussels he said very matter-of-factly, "I'm not eating that ever."
I pulled the little bit of meat out of the shell and gave it a sniff. It smelled neither good or bad. 
With the best of hopes and intentions, I popped it into my mouth and gave it a chew.
Initially the flavor was not too far from that of fried clams (minus the fried and adding in a LOT of salt).
I gave it a few more chews and the next wave of flavor came. It wasn't what I would normally seek out as it was quite a bit "fishier" than the seafood things I usually like, but it wasn't bad. Okay, I thought, mussels are better than they used to be.
Then the next wave hit me.
Remember when you were a kid and you ate something so nasty you would literally try to scrape it off your tongue?
I found that mainlining chocolate syrup helped a bit.
The Bear found the whole thing quite amusing.
The Pook got a double helping of mussels.
 - I don't know why, but I suspect the Squeeze song is partly to blame.
 - Which I took as a good sign.