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Mixer #61 | Intermediate B1

Favorite Food

Six people talk about the food they love.

Adrienne, The United Sates
speakerWhat is my favorite food? I don't have a favorite food. I don't have a food that I would eat every day for the rest of my life if I could only choose one thing. That doesn't exist for me. I do like spicy food though, so anything spicy is good for me and the best foods are Mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai. These are all some of my favorites because they are particularly spicy foods.

Phil, England
speakerWhat's my favorite food? My favorite food is Okonomoyaki. Okonomoyaki is a Japanese food. It's similar I guess to an English pancake but it involves different kinds of cabbage and meat and an egg. And their mixed together and then in the restaurant you would cook it in front of yourself and it's very delicious and usually you have barbecue sauce and mayonnaise on top. I also like paella, which is Spanish food. It has yellow rice and lots of different types of seafood and sometimes it can be spicy.

Barbara, Australia
speakerWhat's my favorite food? Well, these days I really love fruit, especially grapes and I also like avocados. I don't really go for green apples though. They usually taste too sour. In the past I liked Italian food but these days I'm trying to be more healthy so I cut that out.

Lisa, Canada
speakerWhat is my favorite food? My favorite food, or my favorite foods are bagel locks and cream cheese, which is bagels smoked salmon and cream cheese. Montreal bagels preferably fresh out of the oven. Two, Greek souvlaki from Arahovas in Montreal, really heavy on the garlic and with tzatziki, nice succulent chicken. Three, a great grilled steak.

Simone, Sweden
speakerWhat's my favorite food? I don't really have any favorite food. I like guoza. It's the Japanese dumpling. I can never stop eating that. I guess that's my favorite food.

Skip, The United Sates
speakerOK, what is my favorite food? I suppose I would have to say curry, but I don't have one curry especially that's a favorite. Thai curry is very great. I love all Thai food. I like Mexican food too. I guess spicy food in general. I guess if I had to say one it would be curry. That's it. Thai curry especially.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

does not exist


That doesn't exist for me.

Here "doesn't exist" means something that we can't imagine. It is not possible for Adrienne to think about having only one favorite food. Notice the samples:

  1. I have to pass the exam. Failure doesn't exist for me.
  2. I never speak negatively of other cultures. That doesn't exist for me.

go for


I don't really go for green apples.

We use the phrase "go for" to talk about something we like. Notice the following:

  1. I usually go for clothes that are bright and colorful.
  2. Somchai almost never eats desserts. He doesn't go for sweets.



Fresh out of the oven

"Fresh" has many meanings in English, but here it means to finish something a short time ago. Food fresh out of the oven is still hot. Here are two more examples:

  1. She's fresh out of the university and looking for a job.
  2. They sold the last discount iPhone 5 minutes ago. They're fresh out.

heavy on


Really heavy on the garlic.

The phrase "heavy on" means a lot of something. See the samples below:

  1. I don't like our new English book. It's too heavy on grammar.
  2. Their new CD is heavier on hip-hop than the last one.

If I had to


If I had to say one it would be curry.

When we have to do something, it means we must do it, but we don't want to. Skip has many favorite foods, but if he has to choose only one, he must choose curry. Look at the sample sentences.

  1. I love sports, but if I had to choose one, it would be football.
  2. If they had to go again, they wouldn't travel by bus.

Vocabulary Quiz

doesn't exist • go for • fresh
heavy on • had to
  1. It's hard to resist cookies when they're out of the oven.
  2. Planning for the future for him.
  3. This book is a bit on the facts for me.
  4. If you say one favorite place, what would it be?
  5. She doesn't  usually parties, but I can ask her.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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