September 03, 2013
My family and I were visiting Mexico for the first time. We went out to a nice restaurant and I saw my absolute favorite food on the menu: Scallops! It was just an appetizer and it wasn't real cheap, but I went for it. I wanted a real, authentic Mexican food experience with my favorite food in the world.
I didn't know at the time what it meant, and it wouldn't have mattered at the time anyway if I had, but what I ordered was Ceviche. I ended up getting 5 or so large scallops, cold, soaked in lemon juice and absolutely infused with cilantro. The taste was horrible, and although I love scallops, the texture was like little cold balls of cilantro fat. I was vaguely familiar with the cilantro flavor, but never like this, and I H-A-T-E-D it. I didn't want to be an ungrateful American and I made myself eat it. All.
From then till now (...20 years?) if I get ONE FLAKE of it in my mouth I can ... TASTE it. UHHHHH! Abhor the stuff.
Good news: I still looove scallops and lemon! :)