January 09, 2011
About 5 years ago, I tried Chipotle for the first time. For those that don't know what it is, Chipotle is a "Mexican" style chain that specializes in burritos and like fare. Chipotle looked superb from the outside; its metal clad walls and industrial look made it appealing to walk inside. Inside, the always delicious smell of steak and chicken wafted into my nostrils but unfortunately, the stench of cilantro did not. Just like what seems to be 90% of Chipotle and Qdoba customers, I ordered a chicken burrito which included the cilantro-lime rice. At this time, I had no suspicions towards the specks of green that garnished the rice.
I was with my brother and dad. After we found our seats, I eagerly took my first bite. It was delicious, savory, and absolutely filling. I couldn't wait to finish the whole thing. However, once I took a bite on the other side of the burrito (where the rice and beans were), I was in for a surprise. I immediately noticed a sharp soapy taste and had no idea what it was. It made my vision spin in circles and I couldn't understand what was happening. After another bite of the rice I soon realized that it had to be the inconspicuous herb in the rice. Loudly, I complained, "What the hell is in this burrito? Doesn't it taste like crap?" My brother and dad had no idea what I was talking about. A realization that their taste buds were malfunctioning settled over me. My brother examined the rice and ate a little bit of it. He asked, "You mean this cilantro? It tastes awesome, what are you talking about?"
Now, I refuse to eat Chipotle's rice in any amount and prefer Qdoba's 3 Cheese Nachos any day. Even after I made a few complaints to a particular Chipotle restaurant, nothing changed.
Whenever I am with friends, I make sure that cilantro stays out of our meals to the best of my ability. Unfortunately I have had to put up with cilantro for quite a while so I don't react to it quite as vehemently as some other members here, but I still absolutely abhor it. Usually, my friends look at me like I'm an alien when I mention cilantro's horrid taste. It's good to know that there's a group here to support each other. Keep on fighting the devil weed!