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.