First non-Halal thing i ate was a ham sandwich and i found it revolting. The smell of bacon used to make me want to vomit and I hated the texture of pork sausages. However, my palet has become refined now there's nothing better than a bacon sarni for brunch on the weekend (or bacon with bri as my significant other would have you know).
Nando's... is amazing. I've tried it when i was a Muslim when I was in South Africa so I had a vague recollection of what the hype was about before I ate it last year. There is a good-sized Muslim population in South Africa; the national halal society put the stamp of approval on many of their mainstream foods so that is pretty much all you have to look out for for majority of products on the supermark shelves. Albeit, I digress. Nando's... it's all about the chicken wings! Get a platter next time you're in there; I most i can tolerate, heat-wise, is hot. My significant other loves his chicken to be marinated in extra hot sauce and then eats it with extra hot side sauce, just to be that extra bit crazy
McD's i'm not really a fan of. It's cheap-ish food with that unhealthy fast-food taste. KFC I enjoy along with Wagamama, a nifty new restauarnt called Giraffe and Chili's. I like the fact I can eat the non-Halal options but sometimes I still like to opt for the veg/fish option. I cook a lot too and a bit of red wine in a bolognese sauce just adds that extra bit of flavour. One of my favourite sauces has to be red wine and black cherry sauce over a leg of roast duck... my palet is rather sophisticated at times.
With regards alcohol, I'm a social drinker, with my preferred choices of poison being a glass of rose or red wine or pinacolada. I don't particularly like Vodka and Dark Rum; they smell and taste like white spirit (the type associated with DIY). But those Sourz flavoured shots are nice! I'm also impartial to a pint of cider now and then (Kopperberg, Strongbow, Brothers).