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"Oh wowwwww - i really thought i was the only person in the world who HATES corriander (i know hate is a strong word but i really do dislike the stuff)! I have just read an article in a free London newspaper and was overjoyed to see that there was a website dedicated to hating the stuff - love it! OK i have a million corriander stories but my favourite has to be when we ordered an indian takeaway with a few other friends and i made sure the guy on the other end of the phone knew that none of the dishes should contain corriander. I told him 5 times! When we recieved the order, every single dish had corriander in it and i coulnd't eat any of it. I called to complain and he gave me a free order for next time. However, next time, the same thing happened again!!!!!!
Why oh why do they put herbs in a dish that totally takes away all the other lovely flavours?! It's now moving into my lunchtime snacks. I love prawns and fish but forget about me being able to have a prawn salad or a salmon salad from the supermarket - they all have corriander in them. And any oriental ready meal - the same thing goes!
Pleeeeeease. Just like we now have a rule in the UK where salt content has to be reduced in food - REDUCE THE CORRIANDER!!!"
- Jemma Godfrey London
"I merely find coriander unpleasant, but my wife seems to have developed an allergy (not sure if it's psychosomatic or what). Unfortunately we both like curry.
it is now impossible for us to visit an Indian restaurant, because coriander is now in *everything*. It matters not that we plead with the waiters that yes, she will be violently sick at the restaurnat table if they don't cook the meal fresh without coriander. They just bring it on out. Now I taste her food and send it back. Several times, if necessary. And then walk out without paying, and never visit that restaurant again. Troube is, we;'ve run out of restaurants.
I guess the trouble is that for a good curry, the meat has to marinade for several hours - so it's not possible for them to cook something great tasting but fresh. Or they can't be bothered.
So we started buying jar suaces and cooking at home. There were a few ranges that we could rely on to be corainder-free. Except that one by one, they started adding it in. Often without listing it in the ingredients (sometimes it was referred to as "herbs and spices", sometimes not even that).
The most fun response we had after complaining was receiving a grocery box full of products by way of an apology... all of which contained coriander. Thank you, Discovery.
And now of course it's not just curry - it's spreading into Italian and everyhting else.
Now I'm starting to cook everything from scratch, but it just takes so long..."
- Paul Harman London
"The first time I tasted cilantro I was out on a nice evening to the ballet when my friends and I decided to catch a late dinner in a "posh" restautant.
I ordered a dish which sounded harmless enough only to find it was stuffed full of cilantro. I was hungry so I had to force myself to eat it in between fighting the urge to throw up.
It was a clear abomination!"
- Kingawinga Melbourne
"I HATE CILANTRO!!! HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT!
Picture this ... 15 year old Dammit Sami is sailing the Galapagos with her family. For two weeks, she lives on a 12-person capacity yacht, enjoying some of the most fascinating country this side of the Prime Meridian. Sounds great, right? And it was, except for the fact that EVERY SINGLE MEAL on the boat was HEAVILY "seasoned" with cilantro. Add to that the fact that halfway through the trip, my anti-nausea medicine stopped working so I was miserably seasick and you get to where I am today on the cilatro issue. Cilantro = vomit. GAH. Nothing ruins a perfectly good dish like that horrible, hideous PARSLEY-LOOKING (and don't think I haven't made that mistake, although only once) bit of botantical sadism. HATE.
- Dammit Sami Atlanta, GA
"My biggest ordeal has been with Moxies Classic Grill over about two years. They hide cilantro in everything without mentioning it as an ingredient on the menu. My boyfriend and I go to Moxie's every now and then for a nice-ish meal. A good friend of mine who worked there told me to always order the dishes without cilantro cause it was disgusting. I didn't take her advice the first time and even though cilantro was listed I ordered it anyways, not knowing i hated it and spent the next hour picking every shredded piece out of my Sesame Thai Chicken Salad.
Then next time I went, the cilantro wasn't listed as an ingredient, but I was onto them..ha! I ordered the salad and was then told that the cilantro was now mixed into the dressing so I ordered the Lone Star Bbq chicken Salad without cilantro.
The next time I went I ordered the "Warm Mosaic Dip" after checking carefully that there was no cilantro listed. Needless to say, there it was, mixed in and not put on the menu as an ingredient.
A week ago I went again and ordered the Lone Star bbq chicken salad without cilantro. I was informed that it was now (?) mixed into the corn and beans that are put onto the salad so if I wanted it without cilantro I would have to get it without the corn and beans. I told them that that defeated the entire purpose of the salad since then I would have lettuce, chicken, and tortilla chips on a plate. I had to order a different salad and there was STILL Cilantro on my bloody plate!
My boyfriend got really annoyed and talked to the floor manager suggesting that they make a version sans cilantro so that people like me could order it without compromising the actual salad. She just told us that the only way was to forego the beans and corn...she completely missed what we were saying....and completely disregarded the fact that cilantro was mixed into my "cilantro-free" salad.
Take it as a warning to people who hate it (like me) and to people who are allergic..Moxies is a dangerous place to go..."
- Raina Mississauga
"Once I was in a restaurant with my wife and she wanted to order her favorite pizza. After looking at the menu I decided it looked pretty good, except for the fact that it was sprinkled with cilantro, which, I of course despise. I agreed to order the pizza provided we get it with absolutely no cilantro. When the waitress came back I ordered the pizza and specified that there was to be no cilantro on the pizza whatsoever. "Is it due to a food allergy?" she asked. "Yes" I said, lying, as I am not allergic to cilantro, just repulsed by its terrible taste. You see, I thought that if the kitchen was working on the premise that this was a food allergy, they would take extra precaution to avoid any cilantro contact. The waitress returned a few minutes later and asked me how serious my cilantro allergy was. "Fairly serious" I said, becoming panicked with the thought of my perfect cover being blown. "Oh, okay, I just had to check" she said. A few more minutes later the manager came over and informed me that the kitchen staff had been looking up all the ingredients to the pizza, including the dough. The manager said that cilantro was actually listed as an ingredient on the pre-made dough that they used for this particular pizza, and that it would be impossible to remove it. My wife gave me a look of pure disappointment as she sighed loudly and I knew the jig was up. "I'm not actually allergic to cilantro" I said shamefully. "I only said it so I could be certain you wouldn't put any on the pizza". The manager seemed very surprised, but rather lighthearted. "You really hate cilantro that much?" he said. "Yes...yes I do". "
- Rev.K Calgary
"I don't remember the first time I tried cilantro... I just know I hate it and it permeates everything. I think maybe it was when I was in my early 20s. I went to a Mexican restaurant and they had cilantro in everything - the burrito, the refried beans, and the rice. I couldn't eat the meal as I spent most of the evening picking out green stuff. To me cilantro tastes like soap. I heard that this is a hereditary trait - my mom thinks it tastes like soap too. Everyone thinks cilantro is amazing. It is so nasty, I don't get it. I have had fast food mexican joints make my burrito over again because they put in salsa without asking me first. I'll watch tv, see a really good Asian recipe, and then they say 'And now for some cilantro' and they put in what looks like a cup and I literally start to dry heave and I have to turn the channel. I had an Indian dish with 'coriander' and wondered why it tasted like cilantro. My fiance told people I was allergic - he was surprised when I told him I avoided cilantro because I just thought it was gross. He's marrying me anyway."
- NHG Boston, MA
"As I type this, I am possibly dying from The Cilantro Induced Plague.
I feel like someone just poured acid into my digestive system.
Today, I accidentially had some cilantro in my burrito. BIG mistake. HUGE.
Cilantro is evil and it must be destroyed. "
- Mandy Los Angeles, CA
"Throat swollen, eyes watering and stomach cramping, I knew I had eaten another "haute cuisine" with the dreaded cilantro. The suspect, salsa verde..the verde being, along with green peppers, a large dose of green cilantro.
I discovered the problem of cilantro through trial and error. Finally located the culprit in the sister herb coriander while making tamales with my friend. My hands turned red, swelled up and burned like fire!!!
I can imagine what my insides looked like!
Down with cilantro as a drug of choice."
- Maggie Oceanside, CA
"Oh my God! I've finally found my spiritual home. I'm so overwhelmed with emotion I can barely see the keyboard through my tears. (I don't touch type)
Bless you! Bless you all!"
- Beverly C Boston, MA
"I HAVE AN IHC VICTORY TO REPORT!!
In Souper Salads the other day, the same one where I have complained about cilantro being in EVERYTHING on the salad bar from tuna to every pasta dish and was ignored by the manager-
I noticed they had a new manager and I voiced my complaint to him too and he said "are you sure it isn't parsley" and I said I am sure. So he went to check every dish and found out it was cilantro and that the kitchen staff had been sprinkling it all over EVERYTHING inplace of parsley , and he said he didn't like cilantro either and would make them stop!
- Wallabbie Plano, TX
"Hello! I was so excited when I saw this website! I didn't know I hated cilantro so much til this summer when I went to Europe with my friends. We were in Madrid and went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. I ate my dinner (burritos) then went to the washroom which was downstairs and next to a huge storage cellar containing the strongest smelling herbs whose scent was wafting into the corridor and bathroom. A sudden wave of nausea overcame me and I immediately got violently ill in the toilet! I came upstairs to see my friends after I threw up everything I just ate and told them to go smell it. They didn't notice any smell but that of cilantro! For some reason the scent makes me so nauseous and I have never felt this way about any other herb before! I can't stand it and it makes me so sick!
I am glad that I am not the only one who feels this way!"
- Katie VIctoria
"I was the 2nd born of Italian immigrants. Olive oil, garlic and parsley are my life.
On Christmas day in 1994, a second generation Italian friend offered to bring the homemade lasagna to my home as part of the day long celebratory feast. What did I have to fear - she had Italian blood pursing through her veins.
The table was set, and we had made it through the soup and antipaste. Now for the homemade lasagna. Our mouths were watering - it looked fantastic and she said we wouldn't be disappointed.
Angela did the honors of serving her lasagna. My fork sliced through the tender noodles, and within seconds was at the opening of my parted lips. My first taste - oh with such anticipation - was loaded with cilantro and cinnamon. I gag! She offers her explanation - she thought she would do something different with the lasagna. NOT WITH MY LASAGNA ON CHRISTMAS DAY I scream!!!!!
Is there any wonder that my day was ruined, and that next to cilantro, cinnamon is my next hated spice.
Since that time, at every single encounter with cilantro (which is horrendously frequent) I make a very scary, horrible faces and gagging noisese to protest the use of cilantro in restaurants, cafeterias and even at the homes of friends. In the cafe at the club I work out at, I have asked them to isolate the cilantro away from the other salad and sandwich garnishments so there is no chance of accidental contamination. I have asked them to create cilantro free zones in the club. At the very least I feel as though there should be full disclosure whenever the poison is used."
- Parsley4me Novato, CA
"We dined Saturday night at a lovely seaside restaurant. I had the salmon with yukon potatoes and balsamic sauce with tomatoes and herbs. We had a nice chardonnay, the sun set over the water, the candles were lighted. It couldn't have been more perfect. I even brought half of my meal home for lunch the next day.
At 1:00 a.m. I awoke terribly ill. I was awake almost all night feeling just awful--stomach, head, general malaise and discomfort. It is now 34 hours later and I am still sick. I discovered that the "herbs" were cilantro and the decorative "greens" were cilantro. I got several good bites of the stuff in me.
Unlike many of the other people who have posted, I don't particularly dislike the smell or taste of cilantro. It just makes me sick.
This is not the first time either. When we go to Chevy's I always ask for NO CILANTRO. Sometimes I think the servers think I'm kidding. Other times they are diligent. But, no matter how carefully they prepare my food without the cilantro--they ruin it by garnishing with--guess what!
I have heard that some people have an allergy to cilantro--I believe I am one of them. I would like to know more about this allergy and if there is any way to combat it. Since I live in California, it's everywhere."
- AM Santa Rosa, CA
"I can't believe I'm not the only one! My first experience with cilantro was only about 10 years ago when I was introduced to The Mexican Restuarant. My aunt was always carrying on about these enchiladas and Mexican food and so we went with her. I had two (I think chicken) enchiladas with rice and beans, chips and salsa... all that, plate covered with cheese. I got soooo sick I thought I was going to die. Well, for some reason I didn't attribute this to what I had eaten. Chicken, tortillas, cheese... these were all things I was accustomed to. Next Mexican trip, I got even sicker. This time I assumed it was the cheese they were using. I have a dairy allergy and am lactose intolerant- at times- and figured it must be the Mexican cheese that was affecting me. Next trip, I get no cheese. Same effect.
Let me mention, I was like 14-15 years old at this time and eating out with my family- with no choice in venue.
Another time I tried ordering plain tacos with no cheese guessing that something in the chicken or beans was making me sick. Still got sick. I tried a salad with no meat and not only did I get those terrible stomach cramps and the gagging and throwing up and headache and all the other unpleasantness, but my lip also swelled up on this occasion. So, having still never even heard of cilantro, I assumed that it was some kind of hot peppers in the food that had been the culprit.
As I got older I learned that Mexican food was tres chic among my peers and I became an irritation for many friends because I wouldn't go Mexican with them.
At some point in time my sister and I started watching Food Network a lot and cooking with different stuff (believe me, my mom had never ever put that offending cilantro in anything) and either my sister or my stepdad cooked something with cilantro at the house one day. I smelled it and my stomach started turning and the gagging started and something seemed familiar about it. I got some to taste and... of course got sick... had found my culprit.
So, now I know that it is the cilantro that makes me so sick, but I do not touch anything resembling Mexican food and am still very unpopular when everyone's tired of eating the same old thing and I will not go Mexican, or it's dollar margarita night and I still will not go Mexican. Fortunately, my husband hates beans and won't go into a Mexican restuarant, either.
We were in California a couple of weeks ago and I had to be very careful in ordering. It did seem that they were using the stuff like salt or black pepper in their dishes."
- Amanda Columbus, GA
" My first encounter with cilantro was actually quite some time ago. I was maybe 7 or 8 and was at a grocery store with my mom. As we approached the fresh herb section, she told me we had to get some cilantro. At this time I had no idea what it even was so when she asked me to carry it to the checkout, I immediatly accepted being facinated with this new green leafy thing. After I set it down on the conveyer belt, I smelled my hands and immediatly got a horrible look on my face. It was horrible! Even though I hadn't even tasted it yet, I automatically know I never would enjoy this widely used herb. And since then, I have never liked the smell or taste of that nasty green planted called "cilantro".
- MEG Telluride, CO
"I gave my girlfriend cilantro because a pro-cilantro site said that women love it. I did this, despite my own hatred of it.
That was five years ago. I am alone, and I am angry."
- Aaron Hardy Bluffdale, UT
"Just discovered that your 'cilantro' is our 'coriander' here in the UK. I have to confess (I'm sorry!) to liking ground coriander a bit, but the green leaf... aaaargh! However, that's not the reason for writing. The real reason - and you may think this subterfuge - is to denounce cilantro's big bad brother parsley. Flat-leaved or curly, what is it for? And why, oh why, does it appear as garnish on just about everything? It's a weed - get over it everyone! (Definition of an ordinary weed: plant in the wrong place. Definition of parsley and possibly cilantro: plant on the wrong planet).
Parsley makes cilantro seem mild and inoffensive. It spoils fish, pizza, salad, relationships - in fact everything. To even look at it is to behold the grotesque. Cilantro comes a close third in the bad taste top ten, it is true, but parsley is defintely numero uno. What comes second? Now don't get me started on celery... "
- Garrie Griffiths
"Me and Diego spent four days in a disguting floating lodge up in Rio Negro, 30 miles from Manaus, Brasil, sleeping from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in a creepy hamaca, just eating frango with cilantro, dourado with cilantro, rice with cilantro,..., a tropical nightmare. Thanks heaven we could clean up our cilantro throats with some gas tasty mojitos.
"I've had two recent encounters with this terrible food, if you can even give it that distinction. Both encounters involved freshly made salsas that would have both been amazing were it not for the presence of cilantro. Im not sure what it is but i simply cant stand the awful taste that this plant adds to food. I thought at first that maybe it wasnt fresh enough but from the second of these two encounters ive come to realize that its not me, its the cilantro. I was pretty amazed when my discontent with cilantro led me to this website. I was feeling pretty alone in my hate for this plant and it seemed that all of my friends who were partaking in this same cilantro polluted food had no problem with it but as far as im concerned its horrible and im glad to see that im not the only one that agrees with this sentiment. "
- Chris Portland, ME
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