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A miracle

June 14, 2009

I have a miracle to report.  Brace yourselves…this is big stuff.  Ready?

I ate cilantro.  And I didn’t die from it, and if I ever have opportunity to again eat the dish that contained it, I’d do so in a heartbeat.

My first bite inspired an “ennnhhh…cilantro!”  There is no disguising that stuff.  The menu did not warn me this dish was going to contain Irish Spring plant and that it wasn’t pick out-able.  But I liked all the non-cilantro ingredients so much I decided to press through.  After a couple of bites the soapy flavor melded with the other flavors and I could stand it.  Wanna hear what I ate?

Boy, you really need a life.  But so do I, so I’ll tell you.

It was an appetizer, a part of the meal we rarely order.  Grouper Ceviche.  Ceviche, in case you’re not familiar, is fish that has been marinated in a high-acid liquid like lemon or lime juice.  The acid cooks the fish so the fish doesn’t need to be heated.  It remains tender and fresh in flavor and texture, and yet it’s definitely cooked.  The menu listed it like this: Grouper Ceviche. Trinity chips: yucca, plantain, taro. We thought, ok, well, it would be something different to try.  But notice it does not carry a warning label about the cilantro. Tricksy, those folks at Finz are.

So it arrived at our table.  The grouper had been chopped into little bits and was in a dish that was very heavy on liquid.  The liquid was mostly lime juice, but it wasn’t too tart to eat so I think it must have been cut with some sugar and probably some other secret miracle ingredients.  The liquid was swimming with other chopped up delectables, like thinly sliced radish, avocado, thin ribbons of fresh coconut, paper thin slices of jalapeno, and, of course, the dreaded Soap Weed.  The chips came in a tall paper cone, and they were lengthwise slices of the aforementioned trinity, either fried or baked until they were crispy enough to be called chips.  You simply dunked them in, scooped up some yumminess, popped it in your mouth, and then made “What About Bob?” noises.  Double dipping was no problem, partly because the two of us don’t mind each other’s germs, and mostly because there was too much acid in that dish for any microorganism to survive. 

The whole meal was as much an experience as it was a meal.  I could wax poetic about my entree, too, but there was nothing miraculous about it.  It contained what it said it contained, and I knew I’d like it.  The Grouper Ceviche, however, is the basis for a miracle.  I’m pretty sure that means it can be nominated for sainthood.  I know I’d vote for it.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2009 8:25 pm

    I will never cease to be amazed at your sense of adventure. I would have passed on the yucca chips. Anything that starts it’s name with yuc just sounds like it’s going to taste yuck! Hoping there was a good margarita to wash the whole thing down with.

  2. June 14, 2009 8:30 pm

    So are you willing to try my yummy spicyness of salsa now?????

    • June 15, 2009 1:20 am

      I’ll try your salsa!! I love salsa with cilantro….next to Cumin….cilantro is actually one of the best spices known to mankind! ;)

      • June 15, 2009 1:32 am

        I don’t like cumin anymore than I like cilantro, but I can take small amounts of it as long as it’s not the predominate spice in a dish.

  3. June 14, 2009 8:41 pm

    I wish, Lana. But this time just some good ice water with lemon and lime squeezed into it. Maybe next time. :)

    I already said I would, Cassie, but remember that I still need heavy disguising of the Soap Weed!

  4. June 14, 2009 10:38 pm

    Wow….you ate cilantro! I’m so proud!! Oh my goodness…this is big news!! WOW!! haha… I only read just your first sentence…now I’m going to go back and read the rest of your post, I was just so mesmerized by your first….well, no, your 3rd sentence that I couldn’t read any further. I’m so proud!! :) Now I’ll go and read the rest of your post :)

  5. June 14, 2009 10:39 pm

    Yes, I want to hear what you ate…but then, I do need a life! LOL

  6. June 14, 2009 10:43 pm

    Tricksy … wow…I was going to say that you’ve coined a new term…but that is actually a word!! Wow…. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tricksy … good on you!!

    • June 15, 2009 12:15 am

      I just thought it was a Gollum word. And if it’s good enough for Gollum, it’s good enough for me. I’m classy that way.

  7. leahcherry permalink
    June 14, 2009 11:56 pm

    I’m pretty sure you’re lying. There is NO overlooking the nasty cilantro taste.

    I refuse to believe it.

    • June 15, 2009 12:14 am

      I was pretty shocked too, Leah. I knew I could take small amounts if hidden in super fiery salsa, mostly because I count on the hot peppers to kill my ability to taste the stuff, but I never thought I’d find a dish where I honestly didn’t mind the cilantro. Normally I detest it and can’t get the nasty stuff out of my mouth fast enough.

  8. June 15, 2009 12:45 am

    Oh my goodness….I’m sorry, I haven’t finished your article yet, because I got interrupted…but I will finish! However, I am shocked at 2 people now that don’t like cilantro…how can it be??? ;)

  9. June 15, 2009 1:23 am

    BTW…I love “What about Bob” :)

  10. June 15, 2009 1:26 am

    Ahhhh….what a nice experience!! What a great place to eat! Problem is that the only hint you gave to where you ate was “Finz”. Was that the name of the restaurant? If so….I’ve never heard of it. Where is it? What is it? (I mean, what kind of restaurant) and is it expensive? LOL

    But I still salute you for trying, and liking….the fabulous Cilantro!! Good on you!!

    • June 15, 2009 1:37 am

      Finz is an upscale Seafood place in the Sandestin Gulf and Beach Resort Complex next to the Sandestin Hilton. Yes, it’s expensive, but we had a coupon for up to $32 off any entree when you bought any other entree. Oddly, I didn’t see any entrees that cost that much, but all of them were in the $20s, though. Those coupon books make it so we can try out places we’d never be able to afford normally!

  11. June 15, 2009 8:19 pm

    Although your “Irish Spring plant” made me laugh out loud, I gotta say, I don’t understand how someone wouldn’t like cilantro. It’s dee-lish.

  12. darlene permalink
    June 19, 2009 9:41 pm

    I thought I was the only one who thought cilantro tasted like soap!

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