I was just outed!
I was in the grocery store picking up items for my not-so-ambitious menu tonight and I got to the fresh herbs section. There was a woman there looking a little lost, so I took my headphones off in case she wanted to ask someone something. A few seconds later, she asked if I knew the difference between cilantro and parsley, since they looked and smelled the same to her. I told her that they are similar, but cilantro will have a clear citrus’y scent if she snapped the stem, or that if she sniffed it, the citrus hits at the end, kinda like an artificial sweetener aftertaste.
She laughed at that and said you must be a chef. I said no, I just like food. She smiled and said loudly, “You’re a foodie!” I jokingly made a shushing noise and then she said “Ok, here’s an advanced question,” asking me if she could, and I would, substitute parsley for cilantro in guacamole. I said she probably could and that I’d miss it more in salsa than I would guacamole. Her concern was one or the other going bad more quickly, I don’t recall which. I’m horrible at keeping herbs fresh beyond their initial use, but they’re so cheap that I never worry about it.
That definitely marks a first for me at my local Giant. Honestly, a foodie… the nerve!