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Aug. 25th, 2010

07:23 pm - A question for everyone who likes cilantro

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Cilantro: Is it seriously that awesome? Is it really all that? You people who are genetically predisposed to enjoy the taste of cilantro, rather than finding it to be like eating a cross between parsley and soap flakes, I gotta ask... is it THAT insanely delicious? Does it really make your taste buds stand at attention like [insert crass erection reference here]?

More to the point, is it so delicious that it's worth the hassle I have to go through when I go to a restaurant and find out they put it in EVERYTHING, and have to ASK for them to leave it out, as has been happening at more and more places over the past few years?

I mean, this is why I don't go to Chipotle; not only is half the menu so fiercely spicy as to be inedible, but they have to make a special trip to the back of the kitchen to get the rice that doesn't have the disgusting soapy green crap pre-mixed into it.

Is it honestly THAT good, to you?

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From:nefaria
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm sort of indifferent to the flavor, the food would be perfectly OK without it. But they put it on it, so I eat it. Tastes sort of like parsley but a bit sour.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Indifferent? Pfaugh! Inexplicable food fads aren't built on "indifferent". So this is clearly not *your* fault...

FOR ONCE

DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT

what the hell happened to my punctuation did the internet swallow it again
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From:dv_girl
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Yes. Yes it is. It's like an orgasm in your mouth every time you take a bite.
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From:crocodile
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Methinks you need better orgasms.
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From:crocodile
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
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I feel you. I've talked to people that like it and I just have to think, really? If someone hated basil or something I think I'd be like "yeah basil is okay but it's not like it's really all that essential."

Cilantro as a flavoring agent when ground up and cooked is just fine to me, it's the little small leafy bits that ruin food.
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From:hartree
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm in the same boat with you, KT. It's a mouthful of soap for me whenever they put it in. And, if you ask for it left out, it's hit or miss if they do.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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And sometimes even if they try to leave it out, a few bits get in accidentally!
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From:shell524
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
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The short answer is: Yes.
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From:chaysefox
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Cilantro. BLARGH!

There's a place here called Cafe Rio that to me is practically like that. Cilantro in everything! Then they have to have it *fresh* and chopped up small. So trying to separate it in my food is a futile endeavor.

So, yeah parsley and soap flakes. It's like someone opened up a bottle of those "inspired and infused" blends of herbal shampoo and poured it in like chili sauce. *hurp*
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From:film2edit
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
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It goes well with a lot of foods. Salsa, meats, cream sauces, soups, ect. I rarely ever use it to be honest, and I buy it generally fresh if I do.

Typically, I use oregano, basil, or an Italian herb season mix if I cook with herbs.
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From:captpackrat
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
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My SO loves the stuff. He says it tastes like green.

I think it tastes like Ivory.
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From:vermillionfox
Date:August 25th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Wait, cilantro is the stuff in Chipotle rice?!

I've heard of this gene, and I abhor the nasty flavor of their rice, and this may finally explain it. I mean, it tastes like some sewagey tangy lime juiced weird crap that I couldn't quite explain. So now you have me curious as to what else has cilantro in it as I can't think of anything off the bat.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 25th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I think they do also put lime juice in it. But yeah, cilantro is the green leafy stuff they put in there that ruins it for me.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:August 25th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I tolerate cilantro when the rest of the food is awesome, which is how I feel about my selections at Chipotle.

Frankly, I don't understand food fads (not counting weight loss fads) at all. Food's not like clothing, which strangers as well as associates regularly judge at a glance. It should go without saying that we have individual tastes in food and that each one's tastes change very slowly, for the most part. So why do cupcakes -- a pleasant but hardly new junk food -- have all these specialized bakeries suddenly popping up?
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From:toonygal
Date:August 25th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Cilantro is pretty much an essential element of Mexican cuisine.
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From:toonygal
Date:August 25th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
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But, really, I haven't heard of this fad. I don't even tend to notice if it's in stuff or not.
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From:darksasami
Date:August 25th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Ah, cilantro...makes me think of my great-aunt's wonderful homemade salsa.

You think you've got problems? Try feeling that way about onions and then we can talk.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 25th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Hoo boy. Onions are even more everywhere.
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From:varro
Date:August 25th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
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It's probably genetic.

And this is something that's definitely YMMV. Some people love it. But even the most famous chef of all time, Julia Child, didn't like it.


[LARRY] KING: I know that. But any - for example, George Bush and yours truly, I don't want to couple it together, hate broccoli, hate it, wouldn't go near it, wouldn't touch it, what do you hate?

CHILD: I don't like cilantro.

KING: What is that?

CHILD: It's an herb that it has a kind of a taste that I don't like.
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From:rikchik
Date:August 26th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
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Nope. I hate it, my twin brother likes it.
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From:yakko
Date:August 26th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
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This is the reason why I always get the soft tacos when I go to Chipotle.
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From:vakkotaur
Date:August 26th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I have tried plain cilantro, directly, to see what it tasted like. To me it tasted of soap, but not amazingly potently so. Just enough to convince me I shouldn't bother with it again. I am fairly sure I have had prepared dishes with it, but it seems to be sufficiently diluted that it doesn't really detract. It doesn't add anything either, so as far as I am concerned it could be left out and make things that much easier to prepare.
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