For as LONG as I can remember, I’ve NEVER liked this oh so popular herb.  It just never quite worked for me.  Ever.  The crazy thing is, i’ll try anything, eat almost anything, like almost everything, but that green stuff…it disgusts me.

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Now, in certain foods my taste buds don’t or can’t even register that it’s in the dish.  For instance, Chipotle’s cilantro rice.  I could eat that stuff all day.  Maybe because when I consume it, it’s at the bottom of heaps of black beans, chicken, grilled veggies, sour cream, guacamole and cheese.  Yeah, that’s probably it.  I love Mexican food too. Love, love, love it!  Cilantro is one of the main ingredients and garnishes in Mexican food.  Vietnamese food.  Could eat that anytime.  Just had a Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli bowl the other day from The Nammi Truck.  It was sprinkled with more than enough cilantro, but because other ingredients were incorporated, I wasn’t bothered.

You know what I think it is?  I think it’s from past experiences and past meals that I’ve had, where I bit down solely on a piece of cilantro.  That piece of cilantro and nothing else.  It’s so overbearing, so strong, so…yuck.  I can’t even explain what it tastes like to me.  It’s almost like a strong, perfumey, fragrant, cleansing, soapy, ugh.  That’s it. Ugh.  I mean that’s the only word that comes out of my mouth when I taste it.  People think I’m crazy, but it’s a true story.  I mean, Julia Child said, “Cilantro and arugula I don’t like at all.  They’re both green herbs, they have kind of a dead taste to me.”  Gotta love Julia, she spoke nothing but the truth!

Everbody else, more power to you.  You enjoy.  Garnish away.  Just stay away from my plate.  Thaaaaaanks!