Monday, June 02, 2008

So long, Cilantro

I like to think I'm someone who will try most any type of food at least once. I have had many spiritual experiences with food that will always be pivotal moments in my life. My love of strong cheese and endive can be traced to a specific day (my birthday) and restaurant (Bandol Bistro) and I will remember it forever and ever because the flavors I experienced were so intense and exquisite. It may be silly, but perhaps on my birthday every year, I will also celebrate the anniversary of my first love for endive and strong cheese.

I have done a complete turnaround with many types of foods-- foods I, once upon a time, really disliked or even thought I hated, and now cannot live without. This has been a humbling thing for me and I realize I have to give everything a chance because if I don't, i could be depriving myself of another earth-shattering experience. I have to be open. Some foods, as it has turned out, have taken me a while to really like. They're not as instantaneous as others. But I keep trying. Like Indian food, for instance, or Mid-Eastern. Each time I try it I come away not completely sold. But I haven't given up yet. I have hope that one day I will order a dish that will boggle my taste buds and be marked down in my positive food experience history.

But I have decided that there's one food that I just can't love, no matter how hard I try. It is this: cilantro. I hate it. Every time I eat it, and without even knowing right off what it is, i am immediately disgusted. "Ewwww, what IS that?" And many times I learn, yep, it's the cilantro. I don't know why i hate it. It's a simple herb. It's not like it's rat liver. (haha, gross) But it's so simple and pure and utterly foul and I am repulsed each and every time and I wish my fork was a magic wand that I could swish to eliminate all particles of cilantro from my entree. It makes me sad though, because I love food and I want to give everything a chance. But I've given you too many chances, cilantro and I just can't kid myself or you, anymore. So we shall go our separate ways. I will order things that don't have cilantro, and you will please many many people on this great planet on which we live, but I won't be one of them.

6 comments:

Michelle said...

I LOVE cilantro! Especially in Thai or Indian cooking! Oh man. I have been on a chicken curry kick lately. And the place I love that has it puts cilantro in it. I love it. I could eat a bucket of it.

Jen said...

Ah yes. Well then more for you, less for me, and everyone is happy. :)

Joel said...

I feel this way about onions, although I like the flavor they add in some foods. But I just can't stand eating them.

Kelli said...

I second you on the cilantro. Not only does it give me that slightly nauseated feeling in the back of my throat, it taints the whole dish. Two thumbs down.

Kimber said...

Lebanese is the best Middle Eastern food. It may just do it for you. There is an awesome Lebanese place in Ridgewood, NJ.

Jen said...

Lebanese food. I will try it.