June 24, 2013
The year was 1979 and I was 17, my friend's Mexican wife made salsa for burritos and it was the most amazing Mexican food I'd ever eaten. I grew up in L.A., and was no stranger to Mexican cuisine, but I'd never had cilantro before, I would have remembered. From then on, I was addicted. I didn't realize that there were people who absolutely could not stand cilantro until I met my wife--who HATES it. Over the years I've happily mucked down cilantro-tainted burritos and tacos that she wouldn't touch. But it's also meant that we rarely do Thai or Mexican. Interestingly, my daughter loves the stuff and my son hates it.