November 18, 2007
I've always hated cilantro -- but found it was usually easy to avoid. I love spicy food, though. In my 40s, I went back to school & moved to Berkeley for my PhD. To my horror, I found that you can't get Mexican, Thai,Vietnamese or Indian food in Northern California without it being smothered in cilantro. I was in Hell.
My favorite story was when I went to an award winning burrito/wrap shop in Berkeley. As I entered, I noticed a sign saying that they could make any burrito excluding ingredients that you didn't want. I then asked what they had with no cilantro. I was told "Nothing." It was the ONE ingredient that they couldn't exclude -- because it was in EVERY sauce.
I couldn't wait to get back to the East Coast.