December 10, 2005
I can't remember when I first noticed that I hate cilantro. I can't believe how many restaurants just pour it all over their foods. I can smell it on food placed in front of me. When I ask, "Does this have cilantro in it?", many waiters have to go check with the cook. I already know the answer. My friends and coworkers are shocked and fascinated that I can smell it and taste it so easily. Most of them have no idea that they are eating it; they don't notice any particular taste.
Unfortunately, my aversion to cilantro keeps me from trying some new foods. I wish cooks would realize that some people can't stand cilantro, and it should be used only at the customer's request--like "freshly ground pepper" or "grated cheese" on a salad. Anyway, thanks for this site. I thought I was the only one in the world who could even taste cilantro. Now I know that many people can't stand it, just like me!