August 02, 2009
I read these stories and there's so much I recognize. The first time I was overwhelmed by cilantro was in a burrito -- started out fine, then got progressively worse, until I threw the burrito away. I was sensitized, so that even a small amount of cilantro was enough to spoil an entire dish. We lived in Mexico for a while, and my first child was born there. I'd go into the markets to shop, but I'd have to leave -- the combination of cilantro stench and morning sickness was horrible! I'm not a princess about food, and I resent being made to feel "picky" when I say "no cilantro". It's the ethnic equivalent of raspberry vinagrette -- I hate the trendiness of both, but at least raspberry vinagrette doesn't nauseate me.